Halothane-ether in cardiac surgery

  • J. P. Dechène
  • Claude Hébert
  • André McClish


After using the azeotropic halothane-ether mixture in anaesthesia for heart surgery, on a relatively small series of cardiac cases, of various ages and for, various operations, we are extremely pleased with these first anaesthetic results and we believe we are justified in increasing the number of cardiac cases done with this technique. Progress has been made during the past ten years in the anaesthetic management of patients undergoing cardiac surgery, but there is still room for improvement in the many phases of management, and for avoidance of anaesthesia complications.

From the beginning we have been aware of the problem of cardiac recovery during halothane-ether anaesthesia for cardiac surgery. At the present time a series of experiments dealing with this problem is under way and the results will be the subject of another paper in the very near future.


Halothane Thiopentone Azeotropic Mixture Mitral Commissurotomy Cardiac Case 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Dechène
    • 1
  • Claude Hébert
    • 1
  • André McClish
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiaLaval Hospital and Quebec Institute of CardiologySte-FoyQuebec

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