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Intravenous Anesthetics 

Intravenous Anesthetics
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Intravenous Anesthetics
Author(s):

Alina Bodas

, Vera Borzova

, and Ricardo Riveros

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199381623.003.0013
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date: 24 August 2019

Intravenous anesthetics are paramount to the field of anesthesiology. Whether using these drugs for induction, or just as an adjunct to the primary anesthetic, IV agents such as propofol and etomidate are essential in anesthesia practice. For patients who have a diagnosis of malignant hyperthermia (MH) or simply a patient requiring sedation or a general anesthetic in a remote area of the hospital with no anesthesia machine IV agents are utilized greatly. Just like volatile agents, intravenous (IV) drugs serve as the cornerstone for providing or augmenting anesthetic management of patients. This chapter provides an in-depth review of the major IV anesthetics used and discusses their pharmacology such as their mechanism of action and duration of action, which allows the appropriate application of these drugs in the management of patients.

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