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Anaesthesia 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 anaesthesia: general anaesthesia, which renders the patient unconscious, and local or regional anaesthesia, which blocks sensation in a particular area of the body. Baxter is a leading manufacturer of products for general anaesthesia. These include anaesthetic gases, or inhaled anaesthetics, and anaesthesia-related critical care drugs.
In general anaesthesia, there are several objectives in addition to protecting patients from pain during surgery. Patients must be immobilised. 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. Memory of the trauma being inflicted on patients' bodies must be eliminated as well.
Baxter is the only company to offer all three of the most commonly used modern inhaled anaesthetics for general anaesthesia. This includes the inhaled anaesthetic; SUPRANE (desflurane), Sevoflurane Baxter and Isoflurane.