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A 44-year-old member asked:

could combining anesthesia with poisons give you a painless death ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Don't count on it: I've known people to try this and live on for decades with brain damage, regretting their attempt. If you are thinking of harming yourself, call 911 if you feel you are losing control, or talk with your physician as soon as you can. Whatever the circumstances, people will not think well of you for taking your life, but will admire any attempt you make to get it back in order. Be truly brave ; live.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you die from anesthesia?

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
Death is : A risk from anesthesia, but it is a very unusual complication. Your health and the type of surgery you are having will effect that risk. Discuss your individualized risk with your doctor.
A member asked:

How often do people die from anesthesia? Ive read that its rare, but what does that really mean? Im worried i could be one of those rare times and im not sure how to make sure im not.

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Dr. Ernesto Pretto jr.
Anesthesiology 44 years experience
Very rarely: Today anesthesia is among the safest specialties in medicine with a mortality rate directly related to the anesthesia itself approaching 1in 200, 000 anesthetics. The best way to reduce anxiety prior to surgery and anesthesia is to get to know your anesthesia doctor. In many ways he or she is the most important person in the room, because your life is in his/her hands during surgery.
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A 19-year-old male asked:

Are most anesthesia deaths due to not following proper protocols?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not most: But few. This is highly protected data and hospitals are mandated to follow proper protocols by state and federal laws . Most deaths are not likely to be related to not following protocols. Some probably still are.

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