Anesthesia injuries occur due to several factors, many of which are beyond the control of the patient. However, that does not mean that a patient should not take simple and basic steps to prevent injuries and errors. If you are scheduled to undergo surgery utilizing general anesthesia, there are steps you can take to ensure the anesthesia safer for you.
First, obey your doctor’s instructions. When you are administered general anesthesia, the digestive muscles that are responsible for preventing food and stomach acids from leaking into your lungs are relaxed. In a situation like this, regurgitation or vomiting is a real risk. There is also a very strong risk of choking or suffocation. This is the reason why your surgeon will advise that you avoid drinking or eating food before being administered anesthesia. Typically, you must avoid food at least six hours before your surgery. You may be allowed to drink water; however, it is necessary to clear this also with your doctor.
You may be required to continue taking your medications until a few hours before the surgery. Try to take your medication with very little water. Discuss any medication use before for the surgery with your doctor.