Talk:Anesthesia awareness

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I'll disagree with the category[edit]

Frankly, this is NOT a low importance article, nor is it "Did you know". Being awake, aware and oriented times three is a REAL big deal for the person who experiences surgery whilst in that condition! One suspects some AMA type of CYA action going on, which is NOT what medicine should be about! Either one CAN trust a medical professional or not. Said persons should choose their battles carefully, as the result could become a disaster. The placement of the article smacks of OR on the part of professionals attempting to limit damage, rather than place a topic of significant concern into its proper place. Perhaps said professionals would like a muscular block whist I hang, draw and quarter them? Didn't think so, neither would I want such a thing. Consider your audience carefully AND consider the harm caused the patient mentally, which is equal to physically.Wzrd1 (talk) 04:10, 1 November 2011 (UTC)


The tone of this seems a little accusative and less than neutral. That is why I have put the neutrality marker on it Martyn Smith (talk) 00:27, 3 February 2012 (UTC)


There's no mention of the fact that up until the 1980's babies were only paralysed, without anaesthetic, during major surgery. This became public knowledge in 1985:

Jill Lawson reported that her premature Baby, Jeffrey, had holes cut in both sides of his neck, another in his right chest, an incision from his breastbone around to his backbone, his ribs pried apart, and an extra artery near his heart tied off. Another hole was cut in his left side for a chest tube, all of this while he was awake but paralyzed! The anesthesiologist who presided said, "It has never been shown that premature babies have pain.
Ssscienccce (talk) 12:33, 22 July 2012 (UTC)

Section 3: No citation needed?[edit]

Just an opinion from a complete layman: In my opinion the first sentence in section 3, "The experience of anesthesia awareness", which proposes (quote) that "The most traumatic case of anesthesia awareness is full consciousness during surgery with pain and explicit recall of intraoperative events.[citation needed]" does not need a citation. The first and second Wiki entry phrases in "Psychological trauma" read as follows: "Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. A traumatic event involves a single experience, or an enduring or repeating event or events, that completely overwhelm the individual's ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved with that experience." Although not explicitly stated that the more subjectively distressing the triggering event is, the more traumatized the patient is likely to become, to my knowledge the assertion is nevertheless true (statistically speaking). Cause/effect between the stress level and the ensuing trauma is such a tacitly accepted fact that I doubt it has been studied (I tried to find bibliography on the subject, to no avail). Therefore, since the sentence is more than likely to be accurate, even if a citation would be welcome it is by no means necessary.
Jordissim (talk) 23:57, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Opinion or fact, based on what evidence?[edit]

In other words who and what can we trust and why? Somebody added this: 'Post operative interview by an anthestist is common practice to elucidate if awareness occurred in the case. If awareness is reported a case review is immediately performed to identify machine, medication, or operator error.' But offered no citation so should it be deleted or can I add my opinion (fact but can't prove it) too? In the UK this has never happened to me or anyone I know - neither interview post-op nor a case review, if this happens elsewhere (always or sometimes?) please send evidence. No point citation because things stated in published documents are not always the truth and we can put p any untrue nonsense online we like, many do. Apparently opinion is not allowed here, what is required for opinion informed by experience (of self and many others) to become fact?Truthdoctorknows (talk) 21:42, 6 September 2013 (UTC)