New advances in intravenous sedation have made endoscopic tests such as gastroscopy and colonoscopy painless. At Three Rivers Endoscopy Center, your doctor will adminster medication through an intravenous catheter during your exam. The purpose of the medication is to make you comfortable during your procedure and afterward in recovery.
We use a form of anesthesia called conscious sedation This allows the loss of pain without a total loss of consciousness. In addition to keeping the patient pain-free during the procedure, conscious sedation relieves the stress and anxiety almost always associated with any medical procedure. Although these drugs do not produce deep unconsciousness, they often leave the patient with little or no memory of the procedure. In fact, at the conclusion of most tests, patients usually ask, "When are you going to start?"
during your sedation is of utmost importance to us. We utilize a number of sophisticated monitoring devices and techniques to assure your well-being. Most of the these devices are more precise extensions of our own sense, so certain information must be processed by us in order to make your procedure safe.
You will probably become aware of certain devices placed on your body prior to "going to sleep" that will monitor your responses during your procedure.
These Devices Are:
Blood Pressure Cuff - measures your blood pressure at frequent intervals during your anesthesia. This may be tight on your arm for a few seconds about every 5 minutes. The first time is the tightest as the machine senses your normal blood pressure range.
Pulse Oximeter - a device placed on your finger, toe, or earlobe that measures the amount of oxygen in your body at all times and in addition displays your pulse rate.
- EKG (electrocardiogram) - A constant picture of your heart tracing is displayed on a monitor screen for us to see. Small electrodes may placed on your chest or back gather this information for the EKG machine. This lastest model of the DataScope Passport Monitor also displays the reading from the blood pressure cuff and the blood oxygen level from the finger oximeter probe.
In summary, these monitoring techniques improve the safety of the administration of your sedation allowing your test to be as painless and safe as possible.