Postoperative Cognitive Side Effects

Anesthesia Professionals Not Sufficiently Aware of Risks of Postoperative Cognitive Side Effects

Survey of Swedish anesthesia personnel reveals need to improve knowledge, particularly in elderly and fragile patients, reports Annals of Medicine and Surgery
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New York, NY, August 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Postsurgical cognitive side effects can have major implications for the level of care, length of hospital stay, and the patient’s perceived quality of care, especially in elderly and fragile patients. A nationwide survey of Swedish anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists has found there is low awareness of the risks of cognitive side effects following surgery. Furthermore, only around half of the respondents used depth-of-anesthesia monitors. Results are published in Annals of Medicine and Surgery.

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