Sunday, 15 June 2014
"Last time they put me to sleep in the preop area"
General anesthesia is never induced in the preoperative area. This is for safety. All of our necessary tools (intubation equipment, ventilator, monitors, medications etc.) are in the operating room, and it would be unnecessarily dangerous to transport a newly-anesthetized patient from the preop area to the operating room.
It is, however, common to be given sedating medication in the preoperative area (to soothe anxiety). Many of these medications have memory-inhibiting properties. Consequently, many patients do not remember leaving the preoperative area. Frequently I have conversations with patients on the way to the operating room that they subsequently deny.