My pt. cam back from OR, after having had a lap appy, stating he felt the entire procedure but could not move. When he awoke in PACU and told them that, they tried dosing him with Versed to cause a little amnesia and it did not work.
I have never heard of this. Does this happen rarely? Apparently, the Anesthesiologist does not use the brain activiy monitor and goes by v/s; she stated that he actually had quite a lot of pain med during the procedure and she had been medicating him.
I can not imagine having a surgical procedure and feeling "everything" and be paralyzed and not able to express what I needed.
I would love to know your thoughts on how this can happen and be prevented. Could this pt. has simply be dreaming? Of course everyone, especially the Anesthesiologist, felt terrible.
Jul 7, '04
I watched a very interesting documentary on this once...pretty gruesome stories, some of the people had.....
In the documentary, they mentioned that they are working on different types of technology to prevent this. I think I recall something they were working on (or already have) that monitored brain waves to know if a person is in pain and assess their level of consciousness???? Don't remember the details, and as I know NOTHING about anesthesia, maybe someone else can fill us in on that. It's pretty interesting.
Last edit by LeesieBug on Jul 7, '04