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Topic: Surgery
Publication Type: Sentinel Event Alert
Single or Multiple Incident: multiple
Date: 10/1/2004 12:00:00 AM
Country: United States of America
Organization: The Joint Commission (USA)

"Anesthesia awareness occurs under general anesthesia when a patient becomes cognizant of some or all of the events during surgery or a procedure. It is difficult to recognize while it is occurring and it is distressing to patients, to the point that some patients determine not to have undergo surgery again. New methods to detect anesthesia awareness are being developed that are less affected by the drugs typically used during general anesthesia. This alert describes actions to reduce risk."

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Medication/IV List:
neuromuscular blocking agents


"Preventing, and managing the impact of, anaesthesia awareness"