UCI Anesthesia in Today’s World

July 27, 2010

Back in primitive days when a person was seriously injured with his or her life in jeopardy and exigencies called for fast action, there were limited anesthetic options available. Many times to remove a bullet or other obstruction the patient was required to bear the pain and perhaps bite down on a towel or rag inserted in the mouth to avoid biting the tongue. The only option the doctor or person chosen to do the deed had available was to pour alcohol over the wound and hope for the best.

Medical science has come a long way since then, but you already know that. Today any type of medical talent is always in the top five of jobs that are available and any person with a medical degree in such a specialized field as UCI anesthesia can pretty much find a job in 15 minutes anywhere in the world. It’s also a level playing field where both men and women are welcome to join this select club.

In case you’re not familiar with the term anesthesia, it’s a method used in a civilized society to put a patient to sleep minutes prior to an operation. The person administering the UCI anesthesia can be a man or woman, however that person must be a registered nurse anesthetist, CRNA, who works along with a physician trained in the specialty of anesthesia. Safety is the operative word in this profession. No licensed physician will even touch a scalpel to begin a medical procedure on a patient until the anesthesiologist passes on the okay sign.

There is another type of anesthesia called local anesthesia which is a technique that involves injecting or applying anesthetic to a particular body part and not rendering the entire body or brain to sleep. Dentists use this method when required. The most common being lidocaine. There can be side effects or complications from anesthesia but this would be a rare occurrence. Depending on the health of any patient, recovery from general anesthesia is routine.

UCI Anesthesiology on the History and Types of Anesthesia

June 25, 2010

UCI anesthesiology is about the study of and application of anesthetics. Trained professionals in this field are known as anesthesiologists. They are trained to keep patients in a stable condition during and immediately after surgery by providing the proper amounts of anesthesia that provide relief of pain and maintain these levels. They also consult on pain management cases, diagnose and treat pain associated with cancer, serious illnesses and injuries. They also provide resuscitation to patients with respiratory or cardiac arrests and provide artificial ventilation when needed.

UCI anesthesia temporarily removes the sensations of pain. For patients that are having surgery or another painful type of procedure, the practice of anesthesiology plays an important role in keeping the patient comfortable and unaware of the pain that would otherwise be experienced. It can induce a loss of consciousness, loss of muscle reflexes and a reversible state of amnesia.

Local anesthesia is used for a specific area of the body. It numbs that area, such as what a dentist uses when pulling a tooth. This is also used during certain procedures such as removing superficial growths on the skin.

Regional anesthesia is used for larger areas of the body by a procedure that numbs an entire cluster of nerve cells. This type of anesthesiology is used when a patient is having an epidural or a spinal tap. General anesthesia is used during surgical procedures to keep the patient in an unconscious state without any awareness of sensations.

The first known use of anesthesiology was back in prehistory with the use of opium poppies. In later years wine and cannabis were used as anesthesia. Coco leaves were used in the Americas as well as alcohol. The ancient people learned that when giving too small of doses, it did not work, and when giving too large of doses it could kill the patient.

This taught the anesthesiologist of those days to use only certain herbs that were grown in specific areas and to discover the proper amounts that were effective at either alleviating pain or making their patient unconscious so a surgical procedure could be done. As time passed, modern man discovered morphine that could be used in an injectable form, which led to the beginning of the pharmaceutical industry.

Anesthesiology is now being practiced in new ways as it is not just limited to use in the operating rooms. Anesthesiologists are now performing as pre-operative doctors who do the work-ups for patients and help them to have more of an optimized healthy body before the actual surgery takes place, along with applying anesthesiology during surgery and providing the proper anesthetics after the surgery as well.

UCI Anesthesia – A Look at Head and Facial Pain

January 15, 2010

Head and facial pain can be debilitating and life altering. The causes for head and facial pain are large and varied. Each requires expert consultation and a multidisciplinary treatment plan. Experts at the UCI Department of Anesthesiology Pain Management Center are trained to provide all of the necessary tools to manage your head pain.

There are many common causes of head and facial pain including headaches, eye, ear, nose and throat pain. Chronic headaches are classified in a wide variety of ways, which include migraine, tension, cluster, and chronic daily headache just to name a few. The causes run from the mundane to the exotic, as do their treatments.

After being treated by an ophthalmologist for eye pain and an otolaryngologist for earn, nose and throat pain, patients can benefit by complementing their treatment with seeing a pain specialist.

There are also joint and never pain including Trigeminal Neuralgia, a painful condition due to irritation of one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve, and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder which produces painful acute or chronic inflammation of the joint that attaches the mandible (jaw) to the skull.

Specialist at the UCI Department of Anesthesiology Pain Management Center can work with patients and their doctors to develop a treatment plan to help control head and facial pain.

UCI Anesthesiology

November 18, 2009

UCI Anesthesiology Center offers patients a one-of-a-kind program called “Preparing for Surgery – Mind, Body and Spirit” that teaches techniques shown to improve patient outcomes, reduce postoperative pain and even lower the amount of pain medication needed after surgery. This is an amazing program offered by UCI Anesthesiology and the UCI Medical Center and is bound to have a positive outcome.

UCI

November 4, 2009

UCI is one of the premiere anesthesiology centers in the country with an excellent residency program for training future doctors and we are located in the UC Irvine Medical Center in Southern California.

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UCI is one of the premiere anesthesiology centers in the country with an excellent residency program for training future doctors and we are located in the UC Irvine Medical Center in Southern California.