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Female Anaesthetists: Protection

Volume 416: debated on Monday 19 January 1981

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they are satisfied that it is completely safe, as far as the foetus is concerned, for female anaesthetists to administer inhalation anaesthetics during the first two months of pregnancy.

Her Majesty's Government are aware of reports in the medical press suggesting that there may be an increased risk to the foetus in these circumstances. However, they are advised that there is no consensus of opinion and it must, therefore, be a matter for the clinical judgment of the patient's doctor whether a female anaesthetist should continue to administer inhalation anaesthetics during early pregnancy.