Table of contents:
- Anesthesia passport
- What is the anesthesia pass used for?
- What information does the passport contain?
- Whom can I ask?
From general anesthesia to local anesthesia - there are different ways of eliminating pain when performing operations. Every anesthetic procedure is colloquially referred to as “anesthesia”. Today, modern anesthesia enables relatively risk-free interventions. Each anesthetic is individually tailored to the physical requirements of the patient. Nonetheless, peculiarities can occur with all anesthetic procedures (e.g. drug intolerance, allergic reaction), which can be important for the implementation of future anesthesia.
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What is the anesthesia pass used for?
Even if complications relevant to anesthesia are very rare these days, the anesthesia pass is designed to minimize the patient's risk of anesthesia and prevent possible incidents.
The anesthesia pass informs the anesthesiologist about special features and difficulties in previous anesthesia and thus enables careful planning for future follow-up anesthesia. For detailed information on this topic, see Anesthesia.
Note Patients should always carry the anesthesia pass with them. In an emergency, the doctor can see whether there is an anesthetic risk.
What information does the passport contain?
In addition to personal data (name, date of birth), the anesthesia pass contains information about special features in the course of anesthesia:
- difficult airway
- Allergy / drug intolerance
- malignant hyperthermia
- other anesthesia risks
These particular risks can be described in more detail on the back of the anesthesia pass. For the doctor before a follow-up operation, the issuing anesthesia department is listed in the passport for any queries.
Whom can I ask?
The anesthesia pass can be ordered free of charge by email: office [at] oegari [dot] at or by fax on 01/409 55 95 in the secretariat of the Austrian Society for Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Medicine (OEGARI).