In recent months as the world has faced a dangerous pandemic, anesthesia technology has come to the forefront of medicine. There are several emerging trends that were developing pre-pandemic and that have since been recognized and utilized as improvements that can be used in hospitals across the country. Any advances made in the healthcare industry are integral to the overall care of patients and able to improve the health and safety measures already in place.
These are some of the most promising emerging trends in anesthesia technology today.
Neuromuscular Blockade Device Improvements
In anesthesiology, muscle relaxation is an integral part of the process because in order for surgeons to be able to operate on a patient they need their muscles to be completely relaxed and numb. For this reason, neuromuscular blockade devices are used on a patient in order to control the muscle and prevent as much damage post operation as possible. New technology and methods involve improvements with the use of piezoelectric systems.
Using Patient Data for Surgical Care
In the past the same type of care and anesthesia methods were used for all patients across the board, regardless of the type of procedure they were having done or the personal health. Now, personal patient data is taken into account and used to determine the type of care each patient is given in regards to anesthesiology. With the help of analytical technology and tools, data is collected for the entire patient and then anesthesia is administered based on that data.
3D Echocardiography isn’t new to healthcare, but it is only recently being used in the field of anesthesiology in order to improve the care of patients that are about to undergo surgery. Before surgery, doctors need to be certain that their patients are in the best health possible in order to survive an operation. Heart health is perhaps the most important aspect of this and through the use of 3D Echocardiography to look at the structure of a patient’e heart, an anesthesiologist and the surgeon can work together to make the best decisions possible for the patient. Anesthesiologists can use additional information gathered from this procedure to provide the best spur of the moment care during a procedure based on data collected from each patient.
A Bispectral Index Anesthesia Monitor is the best way for anesthesiologists to monitor and determine the level of sedation of a patient while they are undergoing a surgical procedure. Improvements to the monitoring system means that a better idea of a patient’s level of consciousness can be determined. These monitoring systems can also give the anesthesiologist the best idea of how effective specific drugs are on an individual patient in the moment, as a procedure is being carried out. The latest updates include looking at and incorporating the values of many more cerebral activity wavelengths and data points than before.
Post Surgery Sleep Improvements
While many might not realize that anesthesiology plays into the post surgical care of the patient, it does. And there are many improvements and low tech solutions that an anesthesiologist can provide their patients with in order to improve their sleep as they come out of and try to sleep post surgery. As the body recovers from the introduction of anesthesia, it can help to reduce all forms of stimulation, including light, and sounds as the patient recovers.
Opioid Free Surgery
As more and more people become addicted to opioids, the use of opioids in anesthesia has come under more and more scrutiny. Anesthesia is possible without the use of these drugs, so more and more doctors and healthcare providers are advocating for the removal of the drug from surgical anesthesia. Doing this requires some work and new data gathering from anesthesiologists, but is not a difficult process to begin.
These current new trends in the practice of anesthesiology are exciting for both patients and healthcare providers.