Clinical Anesthesia Procedures of the Massachusetts General Hospital was written by residents, fellows, staff, and alumni of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital. This manual continues to emphasize the clinical fundamentals involved in the safe administration of anesthesia, perioperative care, and pain management. The suggestions reflect current clinical practices at our hospital; other methods may be equally effective.
This handbook complements readings in textbooks and journals and assumes some prior knowledge of anesthesia and critical care. It is designed to be an accessible and accurate source of information for practicing anesthesiologists, anesthesia residents, nurse anesthetists, medical students, medical and surgical residents, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other health care professionals involved in perioperative care. The manual is not intended to replace experienced clinical teaching or substitute for detailed study. Each chapter contains a reading list for those who desire additional information on a topic.