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anesthesia must be carefully watched, because the
medicines used for anesthesia affect the
central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and
respiratory system (airway and lungs). Anesthesia suppresses many of the body's
normal automatic functions. So it may significantly affect your breathing,
heartbeat, blood pressure, and other body functions.
Instruments commonly used for monitoring during anesthesia
Other monitoring instruments may also be used, depending on your
condition, the type of surgical procedure you are having, and the type of
anesthesia used. These may be invasive monitors that need to be placed inside
the body, including:
Some of these monitors may be put in place only after you have been
brought to the surgery room or after you have been given general
Current as of:
September 4, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology
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