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Understanding Anesthesia: What You Need to Know about Sedation and Pain Control
     

Understanding Anesthesia: What You Need to Know about Sedation and Pain Control

by Steven L. Orebaugh
 

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Most people choose their surgeon with care, but very few think about the anesthesiologist, even though that specialist's skills and approach can significantly influence the success of surgery. Here Dr. Steven L. Orebaugh recommends steps we all can take to secure safe and effective anesthesia.

What type of anesthesia is used—and how it is applied—

Overview

Most people choose their surgeon with care, but very few think about the anesthesiologist, even though that specialist's skills and approach can significantly influence the success of surgery. Here Dr. Steven L. Orebaugh recommends steps we all can take to secure safe and effective anesthesia.

What type of anesthesia is used—and how it is applied—directly affects postoperative comfort as well as mental clarity and rehabilitation. This book describes the various options for anesthesia, how they can be used together for the best possible surgical outcome and optimal pain management, and their associated complications and risks.

Dr. Orebaugh focuses especially on the benefits of regional anesthesia. When appropriately applied—whether alone or with other methods—spinal and peripheral nerve blocks often lead to better recovery and reduced pain. With as many as half of all surgical patients experiencing poorly controlled postoperative pain, regional anesthetic nerve blocks can help significantly in managing this pain while reducing the side effects of general anesthetics and pain medications.

A better understanding of anesthesia will reassure people contemplating surgery and equip them to take the necessary steps toward healthy recovery. Knowing their options, they can have informed conversations with their doctor and indicate a preference for a specific anesthetic treatment. Written by a compassionate and experienced anesthesiologist and backed by scientifically accurate information and the latest research, this book will help patients do just that.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
"A strongly recommended reference that belongs in every community library health collection."

Nursing Standard
"This informative, well-written resource will help students and nurses understand the essentials of anaesthetic procedures."

Library Journal
For most patients, an interaction with an anesthetist or anesthesiologist takes place at the time of surgery, a stressful occasion when information can be hard to absorb. The surgery has likely been the focus until that point, and it's common for patients and families just to nod as this new information is offered and then sign a consent form. Orebaugh (anesthesiology, Univ. of Pittsburgh) offers this consumer-oriented explanation of the various forms of anesthesia and pain control to provide information meant to aid in question asking and decision making for those with the time and interest. He covers general and regional anesthesia, reviewing the types available and the potential complications of each, then describes various forms of pain control that might be used postoperatively. A chapter is devoted to the needs of specific populations such as children, the elderly, women in labor, and those with sleep apnea. A few photo illustrations are included. VERDICT This clearly and concisely written guide is carefully structured to make important information accessible to those fortunate enough to have the time to plan ahead for surgery.—Richard Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421404240
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

James F. English
"This easy-to-understand book clearly explains medical terms, risks and benefits, side effects and complications. Patients who read this book will find answers to their questions and will feel less vulnerable and anxious about anesthesia. I also recommend this book as a valuable resource for medical students and interns in anesthesia clerkships."

Meet the Author

Steven L. Orebaugh, M.D., is an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he is also an associate professor of critical care.

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