Friday, May 20, 2016
Anesthesia physicians in Northern California generally spend a few minutes with a patient before surgery to explain what type of medication will be used for general anesthesia. For a patient who has never received general anesthesia before, there may be some feelings of anxiety about what to expect from the procedure. Anesthesiologists can use these tips in explaining to their patients what to expect as they wake up from a surgical procedure and general anesthesia. Explaining Side Effects to Patients and Caregivers Patients undergoing surgery and general anesthesia must be driven to the surgical center or hospital by someone who can take them home after the procedure. All medication side effects should be explained to the patient as well as the caregiver. This can help the caregiver alert the physicians or hospital if any unusual side effects occur, such as a rash or change in mental status.
When people think of anesthesia, they think of a quick poke and prod into the patient’s vein, and that the anesthesia provider has an easy job to do with few complicated duties. In reality, this field of medicine is complex and always changing as the world changes. Look at two ways that an anesthesia medical group in Northern California or anywhere else can improve the quality of patient care. Post-Operative Care is Important Medical researchers in the field of anesthesia are finding better ways to analyze post-operative care. More anesthetists are using the Post-operative Quality Recovery Scale (PQRS) to analyze the satisfaction levels of patients after the operation. They are realizing that many people are dissatisfied with the way they feel several days after being discharged. Researchers have found that less than half of them feel fully recovered after a few days.