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“Dietary staff were very nice. Nurses are very nice, helpful, caring and listen to you. Radiology staff was also very nice and took the time to explain things to you. Security guards were cool.”
— Elaine P., Meadowlands Hospital HCAHPS/3West Patient, August 2017
“Exceptional care from doctors, nurses and Radiology staff. Very pleased with my treatment at the Meadowlands Hospital.”
— Cosimo R., Meadowlands Hospital Emergency Room Patient, August 2017
“Everyone at the Meadowlands Hospital was helpful and pleasant. All nurses were attentive and willing to make me as comfortable as possible.”
— Margaret K., Meadowlands Hospital Ambulatory Services Patient, August 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.