Anesthesia professionals not sufficiently aware of risks of postoperative cognitive side effects

19 agosto 2014

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.