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“Everyone who took care of me at Meadowlands Hospital from the Emergency Room to ICU to the unit where I was discharged, did an excellent job.”
— Ann G., Meadowlands Hospital HCAHPS/3West Patient, August 2017
“Nurses couldn’t have been kinder or more understanding. There were no delays. I would definitely recommend Meadowlands Emergency Room and if I or my husband were injured again we would definitely go there.”
— Elaine B., Meadowlands Hospital Emergency Room Patient, September 2017
“Very good experience. No delays at all. I would recommend this hospital to everyone – I will always go to Meadowlands Hospital. I was treated like a queen!”
— Barbara D., Meadowlands Hospital Ambulatory Services Patient, September 2017
Anesthesia traditionally meant the condition of having sensation (including the feeling of pain) blocked or temporarily taken away. It is a pharmacologically induced and reversible state of amnesia, analgesia, loss of responsiveness, loss of skeletal muscle reflexes or decreased stress response, or all simultaneously. This allows patients to undergo surgery and other procedures without the distress and pain they would otherwise experience. An alternative definition is a "reversible lack of awareness," including a total lack of awareness (e.g. a general anesthetic) or a lack of awareness of a part of the body such as a spinal anesthetic.
Types of anesthesia include local anesthesia, regional anesthesia, general anesthesia, and dissociative anesthesia. Local anesthesia inhibits sensory perception within a specific location on the body, such as a tooth or the urinary bladder. Regional anesthesia renders a larger area of the body insensate by blocking transmission of nerve impulses between a part of the body and the spinal cord. Two frequently used types of regional anesthesia are spinal anesthesia and epidural anesthesia. General anesthesia refers to inhibition of sensory, motor and sympathetic nerve transmission at the level of the brain, resulting in unconsciousness and lack of sensation. Dissociative anesthesia uses agents that inhibit transmission of nerve impulses between higher centers of the brain (such as the cerebral cortex) and the lower centers, such as those found within the limbic system.