ABSTRACT
Objectives:
To evaluate the effect of oral atropine premedication in infants attenuates cardiovascular depression during halothane anaesthesia.
Methodology Design and setting:Tertiary care teaching hospital.Subjects:A double blind study was conducted on 60 patients of paediatric age group of ASA Grade I were divided into Group A(4-9 months) & Group B(10-15 months). Patients of both the groups were randomly placed into premedication subgroups: subgroup I (Placebo), subgroup II (Lo Dose, 0.02mg/kg), subgroup III (Hi Dose, 0.04mg/kg) with 10 patients in each group.
Results:Oral atropine given one hour before the induction of anaesthesia in the doses of 0.02mg/kg and 0.04mg/kg is effective in attenuating cardiovascular depression caused by halothane which is the most commonly used inhalational anaesthetic agent in paediatric patients.
Conclusion:Oral atropine given one hour before the induction of anaesthesia was effective in attenuating cardiovascular depression caused by halothane which was the most commonly used inhalational anaesthetic agent in paediatric patients.
Key words: Oral atropine, Premedication, Halothane Anaesthesia, Cardiovascular depression.

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