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Anesthetic Unconsciousness

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Imagine you’re going into the hospital to get surgery, the surgeon invites in the anesthesiologist, who is going to put a needle in your arm filling you with drugs to put you to sleep they tell you to start counting backwards as you do you slowly start to drift away. You’re completely unconscious. As your surgeons are preparing to do the surgery you start to hear things, them talking, instruments rattling and you wonder am I supposed to be hearing this, aren’t I supposed to be unconscious and as you’re wondering this you feel the intense pain of the surgeon citing into your body. You start screaming you’re awake but no one can hear you because it’s all coming from inside your head. You later fall back asleep and wake up in recovery, saying…show more content…
If the medication to render the patient’s unconsciousness fails, awareness occurs. The patients may feel pain, while the pain and sleep medication fail the paralytic agent doesn’t, making it impossible for the patient to communicate this dire situation to the surgeon/anesthesiologist. This awareness occurs infrequently, and the timespan and the harshness vary. Patients may or may not feel pain. Some just feel lots of pressure. It is estimated that 1-2 in every 1000 general anesthesia patients experience some level of awareness. Common cause of anesthesia awareness is insufficient anesthesia and equipment failure of misuse. Using a deep anesthetic during high risk emergency surgeries may not be in the best interest of the patient. In these situations, awareness might not be completely avoidable. There are stages of Awareness. Gradual suppression of cognitive function. The 4 stages of awareness during general anesthesia are conscious awareness with explicit memory, with this it may or may not be associated with pain but includes a state of helplessness. Some patients can go on to develop severe unexplained psychiatric disorder. Consciousness without memory and, subconscious awareness
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