News About Anesthesia

Waking While Under General Anesthetic Can Trigger Problems Later

October 27, 2014 | PsychCentral

A study on Accidental Awareness Under Anesthesia (AAUA) revealed that in 1 out of every 19,000 surgeries in which the patient is under general anesthesia, the patient experiences some form of consciousness. 51 percent of these cases were recorded as 'distressing', and 41 percent caused long-term psychological damage.

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Possible Link Between General Anesthesia and Dementia

October 27, 2014 | Philly.com

As the process by which anesthesia works is still largely unknown, it is often difficult to explain its side effects. However, recent studies demonstrate that anesthesia may trigger processes in the brain that lead to neurodegeneration, which often manifests in the elderly as dementia.

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Steps for Doctors and Patients to Make Anesthesia Safer

October 27, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal

Anesthesia is often perceived as routine for use in delicate and painful procedures, regardless of its unknown methods of action. This can cause a lack of communication between doctors and patients, which may lead to harmful or potentially deadly consequences of use.

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Anesthesia-Related Medical Malpractice Claim Statistics Discussed

October 23, 2014 | Insurance News Net

A study published in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management showed that 80% of anesthesia medical malpractice claims were the result of inadequate preparation for the client, including failure to obtain updated medical records. These failures led to pain; tooth, organ, and nerve damage; and death.

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