Anesthesia is a medical marvel, making life-saving procedures feasible and increasing patient comfort. Without local and general anesthesia, many surgeries now considered routine would be impossible to perform because of the level of pain they would cause and because of the difficulty restraining patients would involve. Anesthesia also helps make important diagnostic procedures possible, allowing doctors to insert fiber optic tubes into the body while the patient is sedated.Anesthesia prac…
Anesthesia is a medical marvel, making life-saving procedures feasible and increasing patient comfort. Without local and general anesthesia
, many surgeries now considered routine would be impossible to perform because of the level of pain they would cause and because of the difficulty restraining patients would involve. Anesthesia also helps make important diagnostic procedures possible, allowing doctors to insert fiber optic tubes into the body while the patient is sedated.
Anesthesia practices continue to evolve, becoming safer and more effective with each passing year. Because of developments in anesthesia, more procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis than ever before, allowing doctors to provide less expensive, more personalized care and expanding the scope of their practices.
History of Anesthesia
The earliest use of anesthesia dates back to ancient cultures, with the use of alcohol and herbs being used in many early civilizations to dull the pain associated with medical procedures. Anesthesia as we know it had its start in the 19th century when doctors began using ether to sedate patients. Other anesthetics, such as chloroform and nitrous oxide, also began to be used in the mid-to-late 1800s.
The new ability that anesthetics provided to physicians to sedate and immobilize patients made more surgical procedures feasible and also improved the safety of surgical procedures. In time, physicians developed safer anesthetic drugs and practices, such as the development of intravenous anesthesia in the 20th century.
During the 20th century, the practice of anesthesiology became a specialty in the medical field. Anesthesiologists receive training concerning how anesthetic drugs react with the human body and how individual patient circumstances influence patient safety when they’re put under.
Modern developments in anesthesia include the development of newer, safer, and more effective drugs, and the further development of local and regional anesthetic techniques. Electronically-aided anesthesia devices that help anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists better monitor patients have also greatly improved the practice.
Anesthesia in the Doctor’s Office
Economic and other factors are making performing surgery on an outpatient basis more widespread. Today, the majority of medical procedures are performed in a doctor’s office, with patients often being allowed to go home the same day. That wasn’t the case a few decades ago, when most surgeries occurred in a hospital and patients often had to stay there several days. Some diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy can also be done on an outpatient basis with anesthesia.
Reliable anesthesia services provided by anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists help provide clinics with safe anesthesia. By having medical personnel trained in anesthesiology on site, clinics can ensure that all contingencies are covered, improving their standard of patient care.
Strategy Anesthesia partners with a variety of medical practices to provide reliable, clinically competent anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists. By working with Strategy Anesthesia, practices can offer a broader range of procedures in house, allowing them to provide more personalized care directly to their patients. Based in California, Strategy Anesthesia also has offices in Dallas, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; and Montgomery Village, Maryland. To learn more, call (888) 398-6234.