Anaesthetic techniques for surgical correction of fractured neck of femur A comparative study of ketamine and relaxant anaesthesia in elderly women

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Ketamine has been compared with ‘relaxant’ anaesthesia in operations for fractured neck of femur in elderly women. Ketamine was found to reduce early mortality principally by a reduction in thromboembolic complications, but at the expense of more unsatisfactory surgical results. It is suggested that the mortality after relaxant anaesthesia for these operations is unacceptable.

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