AUSTRALIA: Anesthesia Awareness More Common Than You Think

Posted on May 17, 2011

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AUSTRALIA: Adam Cresswell, Health Editor of The Australian, turns in this very good report on the worldwide phenomenon of anethesia awareness. In case this is new to you, anesthesia awareness is the buzz phrase for patients who do not receive enough anethesia totally sedate them during surgery. They remain awake but paralyzed, unable to communicate with the surgical team. These patients often recall their entire surgery right down to the conversation among the surgical team. Australian authorities estimate that 1 in 500 surgical patients experience this event.

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