Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Electrical Engineering


In the field of anesthesia, drugs are used extensively, however; electro anesthesia or the use of electric current to achieve anesthesia is also being studied because of its excellent recovery characteristics. This thesis is a comparative study of different techniques of achieving electro anesthesia. Pharmacologically, general anesthesia is a completely irreversible converging depression of certain central nervous system functions wherein respiration, circulation and the vital life support mechanisms are not seriously impaired. Clinically, general anesthesia is a production of unconsciousness, some degree of areflexia, muscular relaxation and varying degrees of respiratory depression in an orderly progression. Electro anesthesia can be defined as anesthesia achieved using electricity as an anesthetic agent instead of commonly used drugs like Barbiturates, Halothane, etc. Sometimes electro anesthesia is used along with some chemical drugs, the reasons for which will be discussed later. In chemical anesthesia, the changes in the physiological parameters such as body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, etc. are correlated to the deepness of anesthesia.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Electrical anesthesia



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South Dakota State University