- The anaesthetist must be immediately available for the duration of that surgical procedure or until handover to another practitioner.
In the event that an anaesthetist has to away from the patient temporarily, monitoring should be temporarily left to a suitably trained anaesthetic assistant or staff.
- Neuraxial anesthesia for cesarean delivery requires that the standards for basic anesthetic monitoring be applied.
- Monitoring during establishment of central neuraxial blocks for analgesia should include electrocardiography, pulse oximetry, frequent and regular blood pressure measurement, respiratory rate, and conscious state evaluation. This level of monitoring should be continued for at least 30 minutes or until the patient’s vital signs are stable. Subsequent monitoring should be as per basic recommendations of monitoring in theater.