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Anesthesia has played a major role in making surgical intervention a viable therapeutic option in healthcare. Certainly, no surgical procedure could be conducted humanely if not for a way to keep the patient from feeling pain.
There are two basic categories of anesthesia: general anesthesia, which renders the patient unconscious, and local or regional anesthesia, which blocks sensation in a particular area of the body. Baxter is a leading manufacturer of products for general anesthesia. These include anesthetic gases, or inhaled anesthetics, and anesthesia-related critical care drugs.
In general anesthesia, there are several objectives in addition to protecting patients from pain during surgery. Patients must be immobilized. There must be sufficient muscle relaxation to enable the surgeon to cut through tissue. Blood flow must be maintained and heart and lung function carefully monitored. And, memory of the trauma being inflicted on patients' bodies must be eliminated.
To achieve all of these objectives, different anesthetics are used, both gases and injectables.
Baxter is the only company to offer the most commonly used modern inhaled anesthetics for general anesthesia. This includes a proprietary inhaled anesthetic, SUPRANE (desflurane, USP), AERRANE (isoflurane, USP) and SEVOFLURANE (sevoflurane, USP).