Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Pharmacology; Inhalational Anaesthetics

We've now started Special Pharmacology and begun learning about drugs, their indications and active substance, today we looked at Inhalational Anaesthetics.

Ether (diethyl ether) was developed for use in the 1840's to be vaporised into a gas and numb pain by depressing cerebral activity but leaving patients conscious, used for both inducing and maintaining anaesthesia during surgery.

Ether is no longer used in surgery as it is highly flammable and explosive so safer, more effective anaesthetics have been developed such as Isoflurane and Sevoflurane.

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