Awareness during anesthesia

Orser, Beverley A.; Mazer, C. David; Baker, Andrew J.
January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/15/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 2, p185
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the cases of intraoperative awareness, an unexpected recall of events that occur during anesthesia by patients who receive general anesthesia. According to the authors, as many as one or two in every 1000 patients who receive general anesthesia experience this outcome in which the incidence may be even higher among children. Meanwhile, risk factors for this awareness are also discussed in the article including patient age, substance abuse and cardiac reserve. Preventive strategies are also mentioned including monitoring by a skilled anesthesiologist and the use of benzodiazepines.


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