14. Anesthesia—More than Sleeping

  1. Petra Seeber MD1 and
  2. Aryeh Shander MD, FCCM, FCCP2,3

Published Online: 4 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118338070.ch14

Basics of Blood Management, Second edition

Basics of Blood Management, Second edition

How to Cite

Seeber, P. and Shander, A. (2012) Anesthesia—More than Sleeping, in Basics of Blood Management, Second edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118338070.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute for Blood Management, Gotha, Germany

  2. 2

    Critical Care Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, NJ, USA

  3. 3

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 24 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470670705

Online ISBN: 9781118338070



  • Positioning;
  • Controlled hypotension;
  • Regional anesthesia;
  • Prewarming;
  • Ventilation pattern


The anesthesiologist plays an important role in the perioperative blood management of patients. His/her work is not just inducing hypnosis, relaxation, and pain control, but also includes many facets of blood management. These include preparing the patient for surgery, reducing blood loss during surgery, and caring for the patient after surgery. This chapter will outline some of the basics of how an anesthesiologist can give anesthesia in a way that reduces the patient's blood loss and enhances his/her outcome.