Premedication

Publication date: Available online 1 October 2015 Source:Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine Author(s): James Palmer Premedication is any drug or therapy administered before surgery. In the past this has mainly been used for the control of autonomic responses to anaesthetic agents, and for facilitating gas induction when this was the norm. Premedication declined from being almost universal until the 1980s to a much lower level today. The decline has been associated with a change in the type of premedication from sedative and antisialagogue to analgesia, anti-reflux and other diverse agents aimed at optimizing the patient's peri-operative state.
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