Consciousness, EEG and depth of anaesthesia monitoring

Wen, Peng (2012) Consciousness, EEG and depth of anaesthesia monitoring. Australasian Physical and Engineering Science in Medicine, 35 (4). pp. 389-392. ISSN 0158-9938


Many surgical procedures would not be possible without patient entering a state of unconsciousness. The essential features of a successful general anaesthesia, displayed by the patient, are a reversible loss of consciousness (LOC) with a lack of movement, a lack of awareness, unresponsiveness to painful stimuli and a lack of recall of the surgical intervention. Inadequate general anaesthesia may lead to intraoperative awareness with recall or to prolonged recovery and an increased risk of postoperative complications for the patient. An important contributing factor to inadequate general anaesthesia is our current limited ability to assess the levels of consciousness.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This is a Guest Editorial. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2013 06:41
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2014 06:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: anaesthesia,consciousness
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090303 Biomedical Instrumentation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s13246-012-0176-7

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