The Five Phases of Anesthesia

Introduction

Surgical Anesthesia is a common practice in nearly every veterinary hospital; however, anesthesia should never be considered routine. Each time it is performed, there is the potential for adverse consequences.”

Anesthesia is a procedure that intentionally disrupts a patient’s normal homeostatic functions and renders it unconscious. Therefore, every anesthetic protocol should be tailored to the patient’s needs using best in practice technology and procedures and be executed by trained personnel.

Jurox, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of anesthesia-related products, believes each practice’s anesthesia protocols should be in a state of continuous improvement…with each procedure providing a learning experience for the next. To that end, this section provides a review of a modern anesthetic protocol and highlights best practices in each phase of anesthesia.