Journal article

Dreaming during anaesthesia in patients at high risk of awareness

K Leslie, PS Myles, A Forbes, MTV Chan, SK Swallow, TG Short

Anaesthesia | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2005


Dreaming during anaesthesia is commonly reported but remains poorly understood. In this study, adult surgical patients at high risk of awareness were randomly assigned to receive bispectral index (BIS)-guided anaesthesia or routine care, and were interviewed about dreaming three times postoperatively. Dreaming patients (n = 134) were compared with all other patients who were interviewed at least once (n = 2251). Intraoperative dreaming was reported by 4.2%, 3.9% and 3.4% of patients at 2-4 h, 24-36 h and 30 days after surgery, respectively. Fewer BIS-monitored patients reported intra-operative dreaming at 2-4 h than control patients (2.7% vs. 5.7%; p = 0.004). Reports of dreaming were simila..

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