Training, Provider Education Could Decrease Likelihood of Awareness During Anesthesia

Regular training sessions could prevent awareness during anesthesia, according to a report published in the current issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt International and covered in The Medical News.

According to the report, two of every 1,000 patients wake up during their operation, and unintended awareness is classified as an occasional complication of anesthesia. The report lists several risk factors that promote awareness events: children are 8-10 times more likely to experience unintended awareness, and long-term use of painkillers or misuse of medication can make patients more susceptible.

The authors recommended making providers aware of the various risk factors by conducting regular training sessions with medical personnel. Additionally, they said anesthesia providers should measure anesthetic gas concentrations regularly and monitor brain electrical activity by EEG.

Read The Medical News report on unintended awareness.

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