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Is general anesthetic safe?

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Yes: Risks are very low when anesthetics are by properly trained and accredited anesthesiologists in the proper setting.
Dr. Marc Bloom
Anesthesiology 45 years experience
Extremely low risks.: Anesthesiology has become the 'poster child' of improved safety in medicine. The risks directly attributed to anesthesia alone are now so low that they become hard to estimate. Latest estimates put the risk of major morbidity or mortality at one in several hundred thousand. Much lower than the risk of being struck by lightning.

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