Awareness during general anesthesia for cesarean delivery continues to be a major problem. The key to preventing awareness is strict attention to anesthetic technique. The prevalence and implications of aortocaval compression have been firmly established. Compression of the vena cava is a real occurrence when assuming the supine position. Relief of this compression most likely does not occur until the patient is turned 30°, which is not feasible for performing cesarean delivery. Although it is still wise to tilt the patient, the benefit of this tilt may not be as great as once thought.
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|State||Published - Mar 1 2017|
- Aortocaval compression
- Cesarean delivery
- General anesthesia
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine