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Closely monitoring brain waves and vital signs helps prevent patient 'awareness'

Asheville Citizen-Times, Dec. 5, 2006 Column by Dr. Randall Joe, who completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch and currently practices with Asheville Anesthesia Associates, PA How can I be sure that when I'm having my upcoming surgery that my anesthesia will keep me from being "aware" during the procedure?  Answer: First, let's define a few terms within the context of this discussion. "General anesthesia" is a medication-induced state of unconsciousness in which patients are not arousable, even by painful stimuli. "Recall" describes a patient's ability to retrieve stored memories, and "awareness" refers to a patient's ability to recall intra-operative events when he or she should have been fully unconscious under general anesthesia.

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