Spotlight is on awareness while under anesthesia

June 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Jun2007, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p70
A movie to be released this year about patient awareness, along with some well-publicized lawsuits, are bringing more attention to patient awareness. • Muscle relaxants have no amnestic affect and can mask signs of awareness. • Speeding patient extubation by five minutes per case may save 30-50 minutes a day, but it increases the potential for awareness and malpractice liability.


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