Anesthesia is the administration of a class of drugs, which allow certain medical procedures to be carried out without causing the patient pain. Anesthesia can also be administered in order to produce unconsciousness on the part of the patient so that they suffer less during any invasive or painful medical procedure. It is used quite commonly on patients young and old, and in a wide variety of procedures. These can include everything from highly invasive open-heart surgery to minor dental procedures such as a tooth extraction.
Anesthesia may be administered by a trained anesthesiologist, the doctor performing the procedure, or in some cases, a nurse anesthetist (nurse that has the ability to administer anesthesia).
The National Institute of Health, US National Library of Medicine recently published a study on anesthesia-related mortality in the United States.
IT WAS FOUND THAT ANESTHESIA AND ANESTHETICS WERE THE UNDERLYING CAUSE IN APPROXIMATELY 34 DEATHS AND A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN ANOTHER 281 DEATHS ANNUALLY
A related study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine listed the most common reasons for anesthesia-related medication errors. They included
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