Anesthesia Safety

Is Anesthesia safe?

New technologies, improved anesthetic drugs, advanced education for anesthesia providers, and high professional standards make this one of the safest aspects of a surgical procedure. Numerous outcome studies have demonstrated that there is no difference in the quality of care provided by CRNAs and their physician counterparts.

What is Propofol? And is it safe?

Propofol is an IV drug used for sedation and in induction of general anesthesia. It is a safe drug when used correctly by an anesthesia expert in a hospital or surgery center setting. When properly administered it is likely one of the safest drugs given in the OR. Possible side effects include decrease in blood pressure and slowed breathing. Close and careful monitoring and the ability of the nurse anesthetist (CRNA) to support breathing and correct the blood pressure keep the patient safe.

Awareness under anesthesia

Awareness is extremely rare and occurs when a patient becomes conscious during a surgical procedure under general anesthesia and has recall of events. These cases rarely occur during high-risk surgery where the patient’s condition does not allow for the usual dosages of medications and gases to be given. For example: in cases of severe trauma, emergency C-sections, and some cardiac surgeries.

During anesthesia; your vital signs such as heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and oxygenation are constantly monitored to gauge the depth of anesthesia. Your CRNA responds with modifications to ensure your comfort and safety.

If you feel you have had awareness under anesthesia, immediately talk to your anesthesia professional who can explain events in the OR at all stages of surgery and can refer you to a counselor or other resources.