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Chart title: General anaesthetic for women giving birth by caesarean section, by State/territory of birth and all Australia, 2007 to 2019.
This chart shows the proportion of women having a general anaesthetic giving birth by caesarean section, by state/territory of birth, 2007 to 2019. Data can be viewed for each state/territory of birth, and for all Australia. The proportion of women receiving a general anaesthetic giving birth by caesarean section for all Australia decreased from 8.2% in 2007 to 5.5% in 2019.
Regional anaesthesia (or epidural) is the most common method of providing anaesthesia for caesarean section (95%) (AIHW 2021). Regional anaesthesia is safer for mother and baby than general anaesthesia (NICE 2021). When general anaesthesia is used, the most common indications are urgency, maternal refusal of regional techniques, inadequate or failed regional attempts, and regional contraindications including coagulation or spinal abnormalities (Shroff et al. 2004). Obstetric indications, such as placenta praevia, were considered absolute indications for general anaesthesia however, there are now indications that general anaesthesia may not be the only option (McGlennan & Mustafa 2009).
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AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2021. Australia's mothers and babies. Cat. no. PER 101. Canberra: AIHW.
NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) 2021. Caesarean birth: NICE guideline 192. Manchester: NICE. Viewed 11 October 2021
McGlennan A & Mustafa A 2009. General anaesthetic for caesarean section. Continuing Education in Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain 9(5):148–151.
Shroff R, Thompson A, McCrum A & Rees S 2004. Prospective multidisciplinary audit of obstetric general anaesthesia in a district general hospital. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 6:641–646.
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