Oxygen — The Breath Of Life
Surely the most important responsibility of an anesthetist is to ensure that oxygen continues to reach the vital organs of his patients. Without oxygen these organs can neither function nor survive. So deeply is this engrained that we tend to make two assumptions. Firstly, it is all too easy to accept oxygen as a natural if not inevitable constituent of our atmosphere. Secondly, oxygen is often considered to be universally beneficial to living creatures under all circumstances. Neither assumption could be farther from the truth.
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