Anesthesia

Anesthesia can be local, regional or generalized. The purpose is to allow for procedures without the patient feeling pain. This can be anything from having a tooth pulled to open heart surgery. The different levels of anesthesia can cause an area to be numb all the way to putting the patient in an induced coma.

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How many people die of general anesthesia a year?

1 in every 250,000

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Why no water prior to general anesthesia?

It is important to have nothing in your stomach when you go under general anesthesia because you risk vomiting and aspirating (inhaling) stomach contents into your lungs. This can be a fatal complication.

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Can you get constipated after anesthesia?

From my personal experience, general anesthesia can cause constipation. In my case, it was SEVERE! I thought I was going to die today after having had a surgery yesterday. Drink lots of water and eat healthy fiber-containing foods.

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Can you die from anesthesia?

there is always the possibilty of dying of anesthesia

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Can you see McQ of general anesthesia?

NO

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What is tropical anesthesia?

Topical anesthesia is a condition of temporary numbness caused by applying a substance directly to a surface of the body. Loss of feeling occurs in the specific areas touched by the anesthetic substance.

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Which risk is not associated with general anesthesia?

Cardiac arrest

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Does anesthesia cause dementia?

Giving anesthesia without a brain monitor is like letting your anesthesiologist play Russian roulette with your brain.

Granted most people survive their anesthesia, but that is the 20th century standard of care.

Waking up with the same number of mental 'marbles' one started with is the 21st century standard of care.

The only way to avoid the nefarious practice of routine anesthesia over medication (for fear of under medication) is to use your right to insist on a brain monitor if you are going under anesthesia for surgery.

Brain monitoring is a non-negotiable request. If your anesthesiologist tells you 'no,' ask for another anesthesiologist or go to another hospital where this monitor will be used.

75% of US hospitals have this device, but it is only used 25% of the time. Only you have to live with the long-term consequences of your short-term anesthesia care.

What is known is that up to 40% of patients leaving the hospital go home with brain fog (postoperative cognitive dysfunction or POCD) that can last as long as 1 year.

We also know that one patient dies from anesthesia over medication EVERY day.

Until widespread brain monitoring becomes the standard of care, the true incidence of the 'living death' of dementia will not be known.

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Does smoking marijuana interact with twilight anesthesia?

It is critical that patients quit smoking all substances before surgery, including marijuana; these substances can have the same detrimental effects on surgery as nicotine. For example, they can make patients more or less susceptible to anesthetics. The carbon monoxide found in any kind of smoke affects blood pressure, making it more difficult for the blood to carry oxygen.


Patients should feel comfortable telling their anesthesiologist if they have been smoking or using other substances before surgery, as this information will remain confidential and is important to their care.


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When did John Bonica come up with the epidural block?

John Bonica was a pioneer and stalwart figure in pain medicine but he did not discover the epidural. Epidural anesthesia and analgesia had been around for many years. It is difficult to pinpoint who 1st described the technique. The 1st use came at the turn of the 20th century when numerous people attempted epidurals for surgical procedures but were met by failure. Over many years articles were published describing "caudal" anesthesia and analgesia which is a cousin to epidurals. Continuous "caudals" were 1st used in the 1940's where the needle would be left in patients for a period of time and a drip of local anesthetic infused into them.

Dr. Bonica has many achievements and is credited with the 1st obstetric epidural in the Pacific NW. His wife nearly died in childbirth from open drop ether anesthesia and for the birth of his 2nd child Dr. Bonica placed an epidural into his own wife.

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Can Propofol kill you?

High doses can cause heart-respiratory depression. If these depressions will not be taken care of (oxygen artificial respiration for respiratory depression - Tredelenbur position for heart depression) then unfortunately it will result with death.

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How soon can you smoke a cigarette before anesthesia?

In this state in the United States, you are not allowed to smoke as you approach the doors of the hospital or surgery center. So, you would need to finish your last cigarette before you got out of your car.

Some transplant centers test your blood for signs of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs. If they detect any, they call the next person on the transplant list.

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Can general anesthesia cause constipation?

Yes it can and also it depends on what type of surgery you had (intestinal, bowel, etc.) Anything to do with the digestive system. Drink lots of water, eat fruits and green leafy vegetables. If this doesn't work please see your doctor.

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What is the antidote for anesthesia?

Narcan

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Long term Side effects of general anesthesia?

There have been many reported long-term side effects of general anesthesia. These include vision problems such as blurriness and difficulty focusing, mental problems ranging from confusion and forgetfulness to panic attacks and depression. Physical effects include tingling or numbness in the extremities, chills and exhaustion. Time duration of these effects vary considerably from person to person. Recovery times can be a short as a day or two, can take several weeks in many cases or even be permanent in extreme cases. Older and less healthy people will generally take longer to recover. Any of these symptoms should be discussed with your doctor at the postoperative visit. Extreme reactions such as extreme chills (hypothermia) should be treated immediately.

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How will you prepare trolley for spinal anesthesia?

spinal tray, gauze, gown, glove, syringe 3cc & 5cc, needle 21G & 23G, spinal needle, heavy Marcaine 0.5%, lignocaine 2%

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What is permitted during fasting for anesthesia?

As a general rule, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery. Under some circumstances, you may be given permission by your anesthesiologist to drink clear liquids up to a few hours before your anesthesia.

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What does an anesthesia nurse do?

A Nurse Anesthetist or CRNA is registered nurse who has satisfactorily completed an accredited nurse anesthesia training program. In 1980 the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists mandated that all applicants to nurse anesthetist programs must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science (but not necessarily a bachelor's degree in nursing)-a requirement that took effect in July 1987. Nurse must gain at least one year of practice experience before entering an accredited nurse anesthesia training program. Following completion of a 2 to 3 year program they are required to pass a national certification examination.

Nurse anesthetists are nonphysician anesthetists who specialize in the provision of anesthesia care and participate in the administration of anesthesia in a variety of surgical cases. They are frequently supervised by an anesthesiologist, but may also work under the supervision of other physicians.

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What is the code of anesthesia for tendon repair of the shoulder in a normal healthy patient?

01610-P1

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Can having anesthesia affect your menstrual cycle?

yes, and having surgery will also disrupt the cycle. It will straighten out usually in a cycle or two good luck Joymaker rn

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What type of anesthesia is used for a laminectomy?

A laminectomy is performed with the patient under general anesthesia, usually positioned lying on the side or stomach.

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What precautions should be observed before administering general anesthesia?

complete medical history, including a history of allergies in family members, is an important precaution. Patients may have a potentially fatal allergic response to anesthesia known as malignant hyperthermia

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Does THC cause reaction to anesthesia?

Not from my experience, and I've been under anesthesia at least twice while high. Pretty non-reactive stuff, that THC. It's very similar to chemicals in the brain (which were discovered after THC and named after it, endo-cannabinoids), so i doubt there would be any cross effects. Maybe increased chance of nasuea afterwards, but that would be it.

Anesthesiologists are conducting research to determine exactly how certain herbs and dietary supplements interact with certain anesthetics. They are finding that certain herbal medicines may prolong the effects of anesthesia. Others may increase the risks of bleeding or raise blood pressure. Some effects may be subtle and less critical, but for anesthesiologists anticipating a possible reaction is better than reacting to an unexpected condition. So it is very important to tell your doctor about everything you take before surgery.

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Is general anesthesia safe during the 1st trimester?

No

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What is Sedation?

Example: when you have surgery, they sedate you so that you don't move. Tranquilizers are used to sedate dangerous animals. Good enough?

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