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Total intravenous anaesthesia with methohexitone or propofol for knee arthroscopy in day-case surgery

Dariusz Piotrowski, Wojciech Gaszyński, Krzysztof Ulbrich, Zbigniew Kaszyński

Med Sci Monit 2000; 6(1): CR88-92

ID: 509183

The aim of the study was to assess the usefulness of methohexitone and propofol in total intravenous anaesthesia applied during planned knee joint arthroscopy in day-case surgery. Studies comprised 186 patients divided into 2 groups depending on the anaesthetic used (methohexitone n=112 or propofol n=;74). ECG, heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure and blood saturation using pulsoxymetry were monitored during anaesthesia. The time of regaining consciousness was measured and the orientation test was performed 5 and 10 minutes after regaining consciousness. Our results and observations confirm that total intravenous anaesthesia is useful in day-case surgery for knee joint arthroscopy. Both methohexitone and propofol cause cardiac and respiratory depression. Patients on propofol regain psychomotoric efficiency earlier then patients who received methohexitone.

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