intraoperative awareness

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intraoperative awareness

A complication of anesthesia in which insufficient anesthetic is administered and the patient feels pain or has other unpleasant perceptions of events that occur in the operating room.
Synonym: awareness with recall
See also: awareness
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Psychological impact of unexpected explicit recall of events occurring during surgery performed under sedation, regional anaesthesia and general anaesthesia: data from the Anesthesia Awareness Registry.
The classification was used as diagnostic criteria of awareness under general anesthesia where group 1 and 2 patients were considered as positive for anesthesia awareness.
Novella and Tsakiris also discuss anesthesia awareness as a possible explanation for near-death experience accounts, "Any anesthesiologist will tell you- that patients can wake up during anesthesia- that is a perfectly plausible explanation for those cases," Novella stated.
63) This phenomenon, referred to as anesthesia awareness, is well-known in the annals of surgery and is a major concern of the anesthesiology profession.
We learned that the phenomenon of anesthesia awareness is very real, that it happens in thousands of cases every year, and that it can have serious mental health consequences for patients who experience it.
The potential for a midsurgery awakening is rarely, if ever, discussed with patients and is often dismissed afterward by physicians, nurses, and family, said Carol Weihrer, president of the Reston, Virginia-based Anesthesia Awareness Campaign.
The potential for a mid-surgery awakening is rarely, if ever, discussed with patients and is often dismissed afterward by physicians, nurses, and family, said Carol Weihrer, president of the Reston, Virginia-based Anesthesia Awareness Campaign.