Recovery with Alfaxan

Recovery with Alfaxan

A safe, comfortable recovery is the final phase and an important objective of the total anesthetic procedure.  Rushing the recovery process can contribute to less favorable outcomes.

A Sobering Fact

In a 2008 study of deaths associated with anesthesia covering 117 practices in the United Kingdom (n=98,036 dogs, 79,178 cats) almost 50 percent of canine fatalities and over 60 percent of the feline fatalities occurred in the recovery period or up to 24 hours post-surgery.57

While the actual numbers of fatalities were low, the study authors noted:  "…nearly 50% of the postoperative deaths in this study occurred within three hours of the end of anesthesia suggesting that if closer monitoring and management of patients in this early postoperative period were instituted, then mortality might be reduced."57

To achieve an optimal recovery, it is vital that the neurologic status of the patient is considered.  This includes considering the effects of all medications that have been administered; minimizing sound, movement and touch stimuli in the recovery period; addressing any pain that may be present; considering the anxiety that can result from recovering rapidly from unconsciousness in an unfamiliar environment.  Since Alfaxan is so rapidly eliminated from the body, extra attention to the recovery period is warranted, as animals can arouse very quickly.

Studies have demonstrated that use of Alfaxan as an induction and/or maintenance anesthetic agent in combination with effective premedication resulted in uneventful induction, maintenance and recovery.1920,333536