general anesthetic


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general anesthetic

[¦jen·rəl ‚an·əs′thed·ik]
(pharmacology)
An agent that produces general anesthesia.
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Supply of medical devices (general anesthetic and resuscitation consumable) as approved by the Principal technical specification.
"Recent human studies suggest that a single, relatively short exposure to general anesthetic and sedation drugs in infants or toddlers is unlikely to have negative effects on behavior or learning." The studies suggesting a problem with longer or repeat exposures "had limitations, and it is unclear whether any negative effects seen in children's learning or behavior were due to the drugs or to other factors, such as the underlying medical condition that led to the need for the surgery or procedure." Further research is needed, the agency said.
Moreover, when used for surgery, nitrous oxide is always combined with other general anesthetic agents.
For years, patients have reported a burning feeling at the site of a general anesthetic injection, or in the lungs when inhaling gaseous forms of the drugs, which put a patient into an unconscious sleep.
would place his first patients under general anesthetic rather than the simpler topical variety used today.
Erected in the 19th century, the tribute commemorates ether's first use as a surgical general anesthetic, which took place in 1846 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The procedure can be performed under a local or a general anesthetic, depending upon the patient's preference.
"For our patients, the gamma knife is an outpatient procedure and general anesthetic isn't needed.

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