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Sept 16, 1968

Multiple Halothane Anesthesia in the Burn Patient

Author Affiliations

From the US Army Surgical Research Unit, Brooke Army Medical Center (Drs. Gronert and Schaner), and Anesthesiology Service, Brooke General Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, Tex (Dr. Gunther).

JAMA. 1968;205(12):878-880. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140380082024

Halothane is the anesthetic agent of choice for burn patients in the Burn Unit at Brooke General Hospital. It is used repeatedly—an average of four administrations per patient, with a range to 22. From 1964 through 1968, 408 patients received 1,770 halothane anesthetics. Two cases of liver necrosis occurred, one massive; neither is attributable to halothane. The evidence indicates that repeated administrations of halothane in a six-week period involve no additional risk to the patient.