Pre-Op evaluation

what I need to know if i need anesthesia

Communication is important between you and your anesthesia provider. Your conversation is confidential, and it is important to be forthcoming with your answers. Anesthesia is tailored to each individual according to the patient’s health history, medications he or she takes, age, weight, and past reactions to anesthesia. Even lifestyle choices such as alcohol and tobacco use influence your anesthesia. Feel free to ask questions. You may be asked to stop taking certain drugs or dietary supplements several days before surgery. Always be able to tell your anesthesia provider the drugs you are taking, even herbs and supplements. It is helpful if you keep a list of all of your drugs, allergies, and medical conditions with you.

  • Do you have a heart condition?
  • Do you have hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  • Do you experience shortness of breath?
  • Do you have asthma, bronchitis, or any other breathing problem?
  • Do you have sleep apnea or been told you snore loudly or stop breathing when you sleep?
  • Do you (or did you) smoke?
  • Do you consume alcohol?
  • Do you take or have you taken recreational drugs?
  • Have you taken cortisone (steroids) in the last six months?
  • Do you take any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Have you had hepatitis, liver disease, or jaundice?
  • Do you have a thyroid condition?
  • Do you have or have you had kidney disease?
  • Do you have ulcers or other stomach disorders?
  • Do you have a hiatal hernia?
  • Do you have back or neck pain?
  • Do you have numbness, weakness, or paralysis of your extremities?
  • Do you have any muscle or nerve disease?
  • Do you or any of your family have sickle cell trait?
  • Have you or any blood relatives had difficulties with anesthesia?
  • Do you have bleeding problems?
  • Do you have loose, chipped, or false teeth? Bridgework? Oral piercings?
  • Do you wear contact lenses?
  • Have you ever received a blood transfusion?
  • (Men) Do you take Viagra?
  • (Women) Are you pregnant? What is your due date?

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The Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MoANA) has more than 1236 members. MoANA was founded in 1935 by 15 charter members, including Helen Lamb of St. Louis. She became the first president of MoANA and later served as president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), our parent organization.