Keywords:perioperative dysrhythmias, perioperative cardiovascular complication
Dysrhythmias are the most frequently occurring perioperative cardiovascular complication.1 The fear is that these dysrhythmias could deteriorate into haemodynamic instability or death. The incidence of sudden perioperative cardiac death in non-cardiac surgery patients is reported to be approximately 0.03–0.05% which is, thankfully, very low.2,3 A multitude of dysrhythmias may present in the perioperative period. It is important to be able to predict, prevent, diagnose and manage these as far as possible. In the event of a malignant dysrhythmia occurring, it is vital to have an approach to rescue the patient. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training remain crucial for perioperative physicians.
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