Patient awareness under general anesthesia (or anesthetic awareness) is a rare experience that occurs when surgical patients can recall their surroundings or an event – sometimes even pressure or pain –related to their surgery while they were under general anesthesia. In some cases patients may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder following an awareness experience. While severe cases of anesthetic awareness are uncommon, research is ongoing to determine the causes of awareness and ways to prevent it from happening.
Patient Awareness Brochure
Although awareness under general anesthesia is rare, this brochure was created by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists to explain this phenomenon, address questions patients may have, and assist patients in communicating with their anesthesia provider.
Estado de Alerta Consciente del Paciente Bajo Anestesia General – Qué Significa?
A pesar de la rareza del estado de alerta, los miembros de la Asociacion Americana de Enfermeros Anestesistas y la Sociedad Americana de Anestesiologos desean hacer de su conocimiento esta posibilidad. Estas organizaciones han estado estudiando este asunto y estan en proceso de evaluar la efectividad de varias tecnologias y tecnicas parap siminuir las probabilidades de que esto occurra.
Legal Briefs: Awareness
, AANA Journal
Public Service Announcement
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Senior Director, Communicationscbettin@aana.com
The Anesthesia Awareness Campaign
The mission of the Anesthesia Awareness Campaign is "to prevent patients (even one) from experiencing anesthesia awareness and its consequences through education, prevention, and empowerment by replacing ignorance or fear with knowledge."