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New death adds pressure to cut dental anaesthetics

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 24 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1104
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    The death of a 10 year old boy who fell into a coma after being given a general anaesthetic to have a tooth extracted has increased pressure to reduce the number of dental patients receiving general anaesthesia in Britain.

    About 350, 000 dental general anaesthetics are administered in the United Kingdom every year–a higher rate than that in the United States or the rest of Europe. Britain has traditionally had a high demand for …

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