Chapter 3. Emergency Anaesthesia

  1. Adam Brooks FRCS (Gen Surg), DMCC Consultant Senior Lecturer2,3,
  2. Bryan A. Cotton MD, MPH Associate Professor4,
  3. Lt Col Nigel Tai MS, FRCS (Gen Surg), RAMC Consultant Senior Lecturer3,5 and
  4. Col Peter F. Mahoney OBE, TD, MSc, FRCA, RAMC Defence Professor6
  1. Giles R. Nordmann Specialist Registrar in Anaesthesia

Published Online: 10 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315172.ch3

Emergency Surgery

Emergency Surgery

How to Cite

Nordmann, G. R. (2010) Emergency Anaesthesia, in Emergency Surgery (eds A. Brooks, B. A. Cotton, N. Tai and P. F. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315172.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Major Trauma Pathway Lead, General Surgery Service Lead, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

  2. 3

    Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK

  3. 4

    Department of Surgery and the Center for Translational Injury Research, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, USA

  4. 5

    Defence Medical Services, Trauma Clinical Academic Unit, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, UK

  5. 6

    RCDM Birmingham Research, Park Vincent Drive, Birmingham, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Military Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 31 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170253

Online ISBN: 9781444315172



  • emergency anaesthesia;
  • elective surgery, patients in optimal physical and mental health;
  • rapid sequence induction (RSI);
  • full medical and drug history - and assessing patient's cardiorespiratory reserve;
  • difficult laryngoscopy view prediction tests;
  • extracellular fluid loss;
  • electrolyte disturbance - by concurrent medications and co-morbidities;
  • emergency airway algorithm;
  • signs/symptoms of hypokalaemia;
  • induction of anaesthesia and inhalational induction


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Preoperative assessment

  • Anaesthetic conduct

  • Induction of anaesthesia

  • Inhalational induction

  • Fibreoptic intubation

  • Further reading