Media and lawsuits put spotlight on awareness in outpatient surgery

June 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Jun2007, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p65
Academic Journal
A movie to be released this year about patient awareness -- along with some well-publicized lawsuits -- is bringing more attention to patient awareness. • Rushing anesthesia providers can interfere with their ability to perform a through preoperative evaluation of factors that contribute to awareness, such as a patient's increased anesthetic requirement. • 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. • Brain monitors can be one tool that helps avoid awareness.


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