Journal article

Anaesthetists' attitudes towards awareness and depth-of-anaesthesia monitoring

PS Myles, JA Symons, K Leslie

Anaesthesia | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2003

Abstract

Advances in technology have resulted in the development of several depth-of-anaesthesia monitors. Whether any of these monitors can reduce the incidence of awareness is an important issue for anaesthetists and their patients. We therefore surveyed a random selection of anaesthetists, asking for their opinions of awareness and depth-of-anaesthesia monitoring in current clinical practice. Approximately half (52%) of the anaesthetists surveyed had experienced a patient with awareness. Anaesthetists considered that they had a lower incidence of awareness in their own practice when compared with others, 1:5000 vs. 1:10 000 (p < 0.001). Anaesthetists rated awareness on an 11-point scale as only a ..

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