Published on March 31, 2016   43 min

Other Talks in the Series: Animal Models in Biomedical Research

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Welcome to this anesthesia lecture inserted into the Animal Models in Biomedical Research Training Program. My name is Luis Antunes. And I work at University of Trias-os-Montes and Alto Douro.
What are the objectives of this lecture? The main objective use is to recognize why anesthesia is important in laboratory animal sciences, to identify the different the periods of anesthesia, to understand different anesthesia components, to identify different groups drugs, to identify what is the best practice in anesthesia in laboratory animal sciences with this lecture divided in two parts.
So what is general anesthesia? General anesthesia is a reversible intoxication process from the central nervous system. It is a state of unconsciousness with loss of protective reflexes. It is a state resulting from the administration of one or more agents. So having said this, we need to conclude that the optimal combination for any given animal and procedure needs to be selected. So it's the selection of several drugs that will give us the optimal combination for a certain procedure.
And we need to be aware that anesthesiologists have learned a lot in the last 100 years. So the evolution has been fantastic in the human field. And that has been translated into animals as well. So we need to be aware from the new developments to translate that to our patients, to our animals.