Obese patients at risk in small hospitals: advice

ABC News reports on new recommendations that obese people and those with multiple health problems should avoid major operations in small private hospitals where there is no physician overnight.

The advice is among the key recommendations from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) as part of the Choosing Wisely initiative.

ANZCA president Professor David Scott said patients with obstructive sleep apnoea and obese patients were at high risk, particularly when given strong painkillers because their breathing could be suppressed.

Such patients should have their surgeries in hospitals that are staffed and equipped for high-risk patients.

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Obese patients at risk in hospitals without overnight physicians

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