Aim: To provide information about the complications of general anesthetics and its management.
Objective: To know about the various risks and complications on the administration of general anesthetics.
A general anesthetic is a drug that has the ability to bring about a reversible loss of consciousness. Anesthesiologists administer these drugs to induce or maintain general anesthesia to facilitate surgery. Drugs given to induce anesthesia can be given either as gases or as injections. There are three kinds of aesthetics namely; general, regional and local. Any anesthetic technique has potential for complications. A number of more serious complications are associated with general anesthetics, but they are very rare. Possible complications include: a serious allergic reaction to the anesthetic, an inherited reaction to the anesthetic or death. Patients with obstructive sleep apnoea, geriatric patients etc are at high risk of developing complications when having surgery or other invasive interventions during general anesthesia. Risks and side effects include nausea and vomiting, physical injuries, embolism, peripheral nerve injury, aspiration pneumonitis, damage to teeth etc. Complications are more likely to occur if you are having major surgery or emergency surgery, have any other illnesses, smoke, or are overweight.
Reason: To provide an updated review on the various adverse effects and complications of general anesthetics and methods of managing it.
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