Deep anaesthesia and poor outcomes: the jury is still out

Helen F. Galley* (Corresponding Author), Nigel R. Webster

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The ideal anaesthetic depth is where the risk of operative recall or awareness is as low as possible, regardless of what is happening surgically, and where blood pressure and heart rate are kept optimal for the individual patient. Emergence from an appropriate level of anaesthesia should be prompt and uncomplicated, and without side-effects. To date, the norm has been for deeper anaesthesia, facilitated by modern short-acting drugs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1881-1882
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number10212
Early online date20 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2019


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