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Anesthesia & Pharmacology - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our expert instructors explain the pharmacology of anesthesia. As you progress through these short and engaging lessons, you'll learn about different anesthesia types, as well as the uses, side effects and indications of the drug ketamine. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you check your understanding of these pharmacology concepts. Complete the chapter at your own pace using any computer or mobile device. If you need any extra help with the material, simply reach out to our instructors with your questions. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe the pharmacology of anesthesia and ketamine
- Compare general anesthesia to local anesthesia
- Understand how anesthesia works
- Recognize ketamine's side effects
- Summarize the history of ketamine
- Assess ketamine's mechanism of action and drug interactions
- Evaluate the indications, contraindications and classification of different ketamine types
1. Pharmacology of Anesthesia
The pharmacology of anesthesia is extremely complex. This lesson will give you a quick first look at its many different aspects, using clearly defined terminology.
2. General Anesthesia vs. Local Anesthesia
Did you know that there are actually two kinds of anesthesia? In this lesson, we'll learn the basics of anesthesia, compare general anesthesia with local anesthesia, and also look at their respective side effects.
3. How Does Anesthesia Work?
In this lesson we'll review what anesthesia is before looking at the two main types, general and localized. By following this lesson you'll be able to explain the uses and mechanism of action for both types.
4. What is Ketamine? - Definition & Side Effects
Ketamine is a drug that is an important medical compound used for surgery. However, it is also used illegally as a recreational drug and for even more nefarious means. Find out what these are in this lesson.
5. History of Ketamine
Found in the veterinary clinic as well as on the street, ketamine is used both legally and illicitly. This lesson discusses the history of ketamine, from its first use in the Vietnam War to its inclusion on the list of federal-controlled substances at the end of the 20th century.
6. Ketamine: Mechanism of Action & Drug Interactions
Ketamine is a drug for anesthesia that also has many additional benefits. In this lesson, we will learn how ketamine works. We will also look at its drug interactions.
7. Ketamine: Drug Classification & Types
Ketamine is a prescription medication that has been proven effective over many years. Research continues to find more beneficial uses of ketamine. In this lesson, we will learn about the many uses of ketamine.
8. Ketamine: Indications & Contraindications
Ketamine is a medication primarily used for anesthesia in surgery. In this lesson, we will learn about different uses for ketamine and we will also look at when ketamine is not recommended for use.
9. Ketamine: Pharmacology & Chemical Structure
Ever wanted an out-of-body experience? The anesthetic ketamine separates the brain from the body in such a way that you are not truly asleep, but your brain is just unaware of what is happening to your body.
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