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Anesthesia for Internists

The goal of anesthesia is to facilitate a surgical procedure both for patient and surgeon. Not only does an anesthesia team relieve and prevent pain and anxiety due to surgical procedures, but it also expedites the conduct of procedures and optimizes surgical conditions by preventing patient movement and ensuring hemodynamic stability. While some procedures require a small amount of sedation, others require general anesthesia and/or regional anesthesia. This module discusses the basic types of surgical anesthesia as well as the indications and contraindications for each. Additionally, the most commonly used medications will be reviewed, including mechanism of action and side effects. An overview of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Classification Status System is presented along with considerations that may prompt an anesthesiologist to delay or cancel a surgical procedure.

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