Navigation Links
'Surgery, Anesthesia & Your Brain,' Not the Cache of 'Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll'
Date:4/28/2009

One dead person every day from anesthesia over medication should be a 'wake up' call, says Dr. Barry Friedberg.

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Anesthesia over medication kills one person every day.

So reported the April issue of 'Anesthesiology,' the official journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, in the first mortality study of the 21st century.

These deaths occurred because anesthesiologists are measuring the wrong thing.

"Your brain is the target for anesthesia. It's critical your brain response be measured with a brain activity monitor. Most anesthesiologists are not doing this," says Dr. Friedberg, a leading expert in the field for the past 12 years.

F.D.A. approved and available since 1996, brain activity monitors are proven to work and avoid over medication, including death and varying degrees of impairment.

Thirty million Americans every year, including 7 million baby boomers, undergo surgery and anesthesia. Older patients are even more vulnerable to the risks of over medication.

"Your brain's safety in anesthesia depends on direct brain measurement. Unless your brain response to anesthesia gets measured, you will be over medicated," he said.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090428/LA00156)

BIS (the prototype brain activity monitor) was declared the standard of care for anesthesia by Friedberg in 2007. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/86660.php. Although BIS is most commonly used, others include PSI, Entropy, Narcotrend, Cerebral State and SNAP.

Disclaimer: Dr. Friedberg has no financial involvement with any maker of brain activity monitors.

How can you know if a brain monitor will be used? Ask your surgeon or facility administrator.

If 'no' is the answer, tell them you will find a hospital or surgicenter that does brain monitoring with anesthesia. Taking a firm stand will get attention and, ultimately, more facilities will use brain monitoring with anesthesia.

"Public awareness of the serious risks of anesthesia without brain monitoring is the first step. Next is securing brain monitoring with anesthesia for all patients. As avoidable deaths and impairment is drastically reduced, the mission of the Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation will be fulfilled," concludes Friedberg.

Anesthesia medicates the brain. Measure it.

Be your own patient safety advocate.

Ask for a brain monitor with anesthesia.

Barry L. Friedberg, M.D.

Champion of Anesthesia Patient Safety (CHAPS)

For more information: www.GoldilocksAnesthesiaFoundation.org

www.drfriedberg.com


'/>"/>
SOURCE Dr. Barry L. Friedberg
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Neurological Surgery, P.C. of Long Island, NY Announces the Addition of Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Elizabeth M. Trinidad, M.D.
2. Dr. Karen E. Boyle Joins Chesapeake Urology Associates as Director of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Sexuality and Aesthetics
3. USHIFU, LLC Completes Acquisition of Focus Surgery, Inc.
4. Croft & Bender Advises Atlanta-based Alliance Surgery, Inc. in Its Acquisition by HealthMark Partners, Inc. of Nashville
5. Use of intraoperative MRI adds time but care-changing information to neurosurgery, study shows
6. Donde West Likely Killed by Need to Control Postop Pain After Cosmetic Surgery, States Dr. Barry Friedberg, a Globally Recognized Leader in Cosmetic Surgery Anesthesia.
7. Donde West Death Highlights Unnecessary Risk of General Anesthesia for Cosmetic Surgery, Asserts Dr. Friedberg
8. OHSU researchers: Surgery, radiation gives early survival advantage in bile duct cancer
9. Body Image Has Little Influence on Desire for Plastic Surgery, ASPS Study Reveals
10. Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital Selects SIS Anesthesia
11. Anesthesia in Youngest Kids May be Linked to Learning Disabilities
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... a highly specialized asset-light logistics provider of complex transport solutions for mission-critical ... to purchase Unitrans International Corporation, a division of Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... The Dawn Johnson Insurance Group, a Missouri-based insurance ... to generate community support for efforts to educate the local population on cancer realities ... types of cancer. , Each day in America, roughly 4,600 new cases of ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... The Brian Gifford Agency, an Indiana-based firm providing ... support of Campagna Academy in a charity drive to provide for at-risk children and ... Indiana,” Campagna Academy is a nonprofit organization that has offered critical programs to at-risk ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh in ... veil on false teachings pertaining to the mother of the Savior whom the world calls ... far different picture of the role of this historical woman. , “The world bows, ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... 18, 2017 , ... “Dangerous Inheritance”: a mystery about saving the family farm. ... from Southwest Nebraska where she was raised on a farm. As Diane wrote ... fictional, but the friendships and mantra of ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ have always been a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/4/2017)... -- The search for test results that can be ... long been the goal of healthcare providers and the ... largest meeting of lab professionals and IVD firms this ... Kalorama Information.  The firm said scores of companies with ... and software were at the American Association for Clinical ...
(Date:8/2/2017)... Fenita J. Caldwell is ... Lifetime Professional in the Field of Healthcare. Caldwell ... Pharmaceuticals, AG. Her skills and areas of expertise ... Fenita ... experience as a highly successful sales specialist in ...
(Date:8/2/2017)... Aug. 2, 2017 CaryRx, a next-generation full-service pharmacy, ... service for patients in the Washington D.C. ... pharmacy by providing delivery of medications through the convenience of ... delivery or delivered within one hour to any location in ... to bring this invaluable service to Washington D.C. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: