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.
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.