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The specialty or discipline of Anaesthetics is an integral and essential component of modern medicine. The word literally means "without feeling", first used in the modern context of anaesthetics by Sir J Y Simpson, the discoverer of chloroform's use in anaesthesia.
In the 21st century anaesthesia is a highly specialised field, with recognisable subspecialties:
and an overlap into the management of Chronic pain
However most medical practitioners should be sufficiently familiar with local anaesthesia to be able to provide it where required, and all with the concepts of critical care to recognise where specialist assistance is required.
- Arterial blood gas interpretation
- Minimum Alveolar Concentration
- Physics of partial pressure of gases
- Measurement of cardiac output
- Fick principle
- Blood pressure regulation
- Intracranial pressure regulation
Pharmacology of Anaesthetic agents
In very basic terms general anaesthesia is "controlled poisoning", where the patient is rendered into a controlled state of unconsciousness using various anaesthetic drugs. These include:
- Induction agents (eg: Propofol)
- Opiates (eg: Fentanyl)
- Benzodiazepines (eg: Midazolam)
- volatile (inhaled) anaesthetics(eg: Sevoflurane, Nitrous oxide "laughing gas"
- Local anaesthetics
- Preanaesthetic assessment
- Basic forms of anaesthesia
- Airway management
- Regional anaesthesia
- Crisis management
- Emergence and Post-anaesthetic complications
- Peri-operative care
- Anaesthesia awareness
- Wikithesia, a dedicated anaesthesia wiki with a UK focus.
- AnaesthesiaUK "an educational site with training resources for anaesthetic professionals. It provides interactive practice questions, journal abstracts and reference articles for the Primary FRCA, Final FRCA, Irish FCARCSI, American Board examinations..."
This category has the following 6 subcategories, out of 6 total.
Pages in category "Anaesthetics"
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