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Welcome to Week 4

This week we talk about adjuncts commonly used in TIVA

Week 4

Adjuncts and Analgesia

The goals of general anaesthesia vary slightly according to the surgery but are widely accepted as unconsciousness with amnesia and analgesia. Propofol is a potent drug that can be used for sedation right through to anaesthesia. Although it reduces postoperative pain (probably via anti-inflammatory effects), it is not a strong analgesic in itself. Large doses are required to maintain patient immobility to noxious stimuli and, therefore, the correct way to use it is to administer just enough to produce unconsciousness and then administer an analgesic to attenuate/block nociception. Using such “adjuncts” improves operating conditions and haemodynamic stability whilst lowering propofol requirements. Join us to learn about some of the most popular adjuncts to TIVA and how their use can benefit your patients.

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Introduction to Using Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA)

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