Friday, May 20, 2016
How Doctors Care for Surgery Patients Coming Out of General Anesthesia
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.