What is Anesthesia?
Anesthesia, or anaesthesia, traditionally meant the condition of having
sensation (including the feeling of pain) blocked or temporarily taken away. It
is a pharmacologically induced and a reversible state of amnesia, analgesia, loss
of responsiveness, loss of skeletal muscle reflexes or decreased stress
response, or all simultaneously. This allows patients to undergo surgery and
other procedures without the distress and pain they would otherwise experience.
An alternative definition is a "reversible lack of awareness," including a total
lack of awareness (e.g. a general anesthetic) or a lack of awareness of a part
of the body such as a spinal anesthetic. The word anesthesia was coined by
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. in 1846.
Types of anesthesia include local anesthesia, regional anesthesia, general
anesthesia, and dissociative anesthesia. Local anesthesia inhibits sensory
perception within a specific location on the body, such as a tooth or the
urinary bladder. Regional anesthesia renders a larger area of the body insensate
by blocking transmission of nerve impulses between a part of the body and the
spinal cord. Two frequently used types of regional anesthesia are spinal
anesthesia and epidural anesthesia. General anesthesia refers to inhibition of
sensory, motor and sympathetic nerve transmission at the level of the brain,
resulting in unconsciousness and lack of sensation. Dissociative anesthesia uses
agents that inhibit transmission of nerve impulses between higher centers of the
brain (such as the cerebral cortex) and the lower centers, such as those found
within the limbic system.
In this section of Integris Equipment, you will find much of the needed
anesthetic equipment. Integris Equipment offers a wide range of anesthesia
machines and components for sale kept in stock at the very best price. If you
find anesthesia equipment cheaper somewhere else, don't hesitate to call or
email us. We will try our best to beat or at least match the price. We will also
buy your old used or unneeded equipment.
***For any Anesthetic Equipment not found on the website, please
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