There has been much publicity in the media lately about patient
awareness during surgery. The actual incidence is very small- less
that 0.1 to 0.2 %.
Potential risk factors for awareness during general anesthesia are
people with a history of substance abuse, people who have had a general
anesthetic in the past who had awareness, people who have been told
that during prior general anesthesia there was difficulty passing a
breathing tube, chronic pain patients on narcotics, people having
emergency surgery for trauma, people having cardiac surgery and
women having C-sections.
Our providers visit and interview people prior to surgery to help
assess the risk for awareness and to make people aware of the potential
risk of awareness should they have risk factors or conditions that
might make them susceptible to awareness. For more information on
patient awareness, click on links to either the American Society of
Anesthesiologists or the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
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