Anesthesia Management

March 22nd, 2014

Anesthesia Management

Pain is an unpleasant experience brought upon by a number of stimuli. It’s characterized by a discomforting sensation and can be described in a number of ways. There are cases in which eliciting pain is inevitable like in cases of medical tests, treatments or surgery. That is why an agent known as anesthesia is used to relieve pain momentarily for patients to undergo these treatments without having to experience pain.

What is Anesthesia?

Anesthesia is an agent which blocks a number of sensations, including pain, for a temporary basis. It is a pharmacological agent that’s induced through several routes. It can also induce a state of analgesia, loss of responsiveness, decreased state of consciousness, reversible amnesia, loss of reflexes, decreased stress response and more. Anesthesia can be a single drug or a combination of multiple drugs to enhance their effectiveness in inhibiting pain. For patients about to undergo surgery, cocktails and combinations of anesthesia are used to ensure that pain is prevented and complications from surgery are minimized.

Handling Anesthesia Management

Anesthesia management is a way in which highly trained anesthesiologists and other health care practitioners manage and supervise the induction of anesthesia to a patient and monitor the patient’s condition preoperatively, intra-operatively and post-operatively. In anesthesia management, anesthesiologists have a goal to provide safe and optimal conditions for patients to be as comfortable as possible.

Every anesthetic agent is considered an essential component in anesthesia management. A team needs to be highly trained and specialized to ensure the patient’s condition and monitor for any changes in the cardiovascular and respiratory activity of the patient. Any untoward events should be dealt with quickly and treated promptly if any occurs in surgery.

High quality anesthesia management involves provision of anesthetic agent that is tailored to each patient on an individual basis. This means that the patient will be getting the right amount of anesthesia that would neither be too much that it leads to toxicity or too little that it isn’t enough to inhibit the pain sensation. Top notch anesthesia management involves three components in which the patient is monitored.

  • Pre-anesthetic evaluation
  • Individualized anesthesia management
  • Induction of anesthesia
  • Management of patients during the procedure
  • Post-anesthetic evaluation
  • Pain management post-operatively

Effective Anesthesia Services

A high quality anesthesia management involves a team of anesthesiologists, surgeons, technicians, nurses and other healthcare practitioners who are highly trained and specialized in understanding the effects of anesthesia and handling patients under anesthesia. Anesthesia services need to be of high quality but at the same time still be focused on caring for the patient and individualizing care and being cost effective.

There are crucial components in anesthesia services which are the following:

  • Patient safety
  • Surgeon satisfaction
  • Efficiency in the operating room
  • High quality measurement and reporting
  • Specialized team of experts in the field
  • Thorough understanding of anesthesia
  • Effective pain management
  • Thorough post-operative care
  • Leadership and teamwork

Anesthesia management is crucial in preventing the experience of pain for patients about to undergo procedures or surgery. Effective anesthesia management ensures high quality pain management while still maintaining individualized care for each patient.

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