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1

What is General Anaesthesia?

State of controlled and reversible unconsciousness characterised by lack of pain sensation, lack of memory, and relatively depressed reflex responses

2

What routes may induce or maintain general anaesthesia (name 3)

I/V
I/M
Inhalational
I/P

3

What does general anaesthesia cause

- loss of consciousness
- lack of pain sensation (analgesia)
- Muscle relaxants
- Amnesia

4

Name 3 advantages of general anaesthesia

- Convenience and practicality
- Rapid loss of consciousness
- Wide surgical field available and variety of surgical procedures can be performed

5

Name 3 disadvantages of General Anaesthesia

- Need for restraint of the patient prior to induction
- Requirement for skilled administration and continued monitoring of the patient
- A degree of cardiovascular and respiratory depression
- Costs a lot
- If you have a compromised/sick patient then it is dangerous to induce anaesthesia and cause unconsciousness