Preanesthetic medication | definition of preanesthetic medication by Medical dictionary
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drugs administered before an anesthetic to decrease anxiety and to obtain a smoother induction of, maintenance of, and emergence from anesthesia.
pre·an·es·thet·ic med·i·ca·tion (prēan-es-thetik medi-kāshŭn)
Drugs administered before an anesthetic to decrease anxiety and obtain smoother induction of, maintenance of, and emergence from anesthesia.
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Effective preanesthetic medications
in children undergoing surgery should allay apprehension regarding anesthesia and surgery and should lessen the trauma of separation from family.
include benzodiazepines (for example, midazolam) and/or opioids (such as Fentanyl administered intravenously).
The choice of preanesthetic medications
, anesthetic drugs and techniques, and postoperative pain management can help reduce the risk for these outcomes.