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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Prevention of intraoperative awareness with explicit recall in unselected surgical population: a randomized comparative effectiveness trial.
There have been case reports of patients experiencing intraoperative awareness despite receiving anesthetic doses significantly greater than those which would render most patients unconscious.
The aim is obviously to stop intraoperative awareness from happening altogether and a number of different methods have been invented to help achieve this goal.
The aim is obviously to stop intraoperative awareness from happening altogether, and a number of different methods have been invented to help achieve this goal.
Even BIS values below 45 in the BIS group have been reported for all large studies investigating intraoperative awareness (23-25).
ASA's Task Force on Intraoperative Awareness began its work on the practice advisory in August 2004 in an effort to provide more information to clinicians.
[9] American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Intraoperative Awareness. Practice advisory for intraoperative awareness and brain function monitoring: a report by American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Intraoperative Awareness.
Volume 24 in the Advances in Anaesthesia series as usual covers a diversity of topics including nonobstetric surgery during pregnancy, present and future anticoagulants, off-pump coronary artery surgery, robotic heart surgery, fatigue in anaesthesia, intraoperative awareness, awake intracranial procedures, diversity and disparities in healthcare, anaesthesia in sites outside the operating theatre and off-label use of dexmedetomidine.
Intraoperative awareness is a major medico-legal liability to the anaesthesiologists and can lead to postoperative psychosomatic dysfunction in the patient, and therefore should be avoided at all costs.

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