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Induction of anaesthesia

Created: 13/4/2004




Rapid onset
Dose titratable
Depression of laryngeal reflexes (good for laryngeal mask airways)
Anti-emetic and anti-convulsive properties


Venous access required
Risk of hypotension
Apnoea common
Risk of anaphylaxis
Loss of airway control

Inhalational induction


Avoids venepuncture
Respiration maintained
Slower depression of reflexes
End-tidal CO2 can be measured
Rapid recovery
Upper oesphageal tone maintained


Slow process
Potential excitement phase
Irritant and unpleasant
May cause rise in intracranial pressure/intraocular pressure

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