Review Article| Volume 25, P17-39, 2007

Automated Anesthesia

  • Thomas M. Hemmerling
    Department of Anesthesiology, McGill University Health Center, Montreal General Hospital, McGill University, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1A4, Canada.
    Department of Anesthesiology, McGill University Health Center, Montreal General Hospital, McGill University, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1A4, Canada

    Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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      Few specialties are made for the introduction of automation as is anesthesia. Compared with surgery, anesthesiologists do not change the integrity of the human body. Anesthesiologists administer drugs by different access routes into the human body to render it into a state where surgery can be performed. When they work in intensive care, monitoring the different body functions and trying to restore the integrity of these functions or the normal physiological state of the human body are principal tasks. Working in the emergency field—either within the hospital or outside—means to quickly diagnose an immediate and very often life-threatening disorder of the human body and correct it using various interventional pharmacological or nonpharmacological tools.
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