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Monitoring During Anesthesia

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Topic Overview

People receiving 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 include:

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 anesthesia.


Credits for Monitoring During Anesthesia

Current as of: May 27, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
John M. Freedman MD - Anesthesiology


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