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PowerPoint on general anesthesia and anesthetic agents

Dr. Ravindra S.Beedimani shared one of his PowerPoint lectures with Pharmacology Corner readers, the topic is “Pharmacology of general anesthesia”. Dr. Beedimani is Associate Professor in Pharmacology at American University of the Caribbean, School of Medicine, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. If you are interested in contributing to this blog, just send an e-mail to flavioguzman@pharmacologycorner.com.

General anesthesia & anesthetic agents

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Lecture outline:

  • General definitions.
  • Hallmark of anesthesia: therapeutic index of general anesthetics.
  • Preanesthetic medications (benzodiazepines, antihistaminics, antiemetics, opioids, atropine).
  • Stages of anesthesia.
  • Molecular mechanisms: actions on GABA-A and NMDA receptors.
  • Inhalational and intravenous agents.
  • Inhalational: Nitrous oxide, Halogenated hydrocarbons.
  • Blood: gas partition coefficient.
  • Oil: gas partition coefficient.
  • Minimum alveolar concentration (MAC).
  • Important characteristics of inhalational anesthetics: halothane, sevoflurane, enflurane, isoflurane, desflurane, Nitrous oxide.
  • Intravenous anesthetics: thiopental (Pentothal), propofol (Diprivan), etomidate, ketamine.
  • Neuroleptoanalgesia.

About the author

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Dr Ravindra S.Beedimani is currently working as an Associate Professor in Pharmacology at American University of Caribbean, School of Medicine, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.

Dr. Beedimani has worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Pharmacology at the King Edward Memorial Hospital Mumbai, Maharashtra, India and also as Medical Advisor for Ajanta Pharmaceutical Company, Mumbai, India for a short period of time

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