NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Surgery patients are routinely exposed to up to 30% more anesthetic drugs than needed when anesthetized for major surgery without benefit of an anesthesia brain monitor, the best available technology to avoid (or minimize) over medication, in a study published by board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Barry Friedberg.
40M patients undergo anesthesia every year for major surgery. 40% of them (16M) experience 'brain fog' or postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), likely from too much anesthesia. That 16 million patients every year have underlying, previously undiagnosed preoperative conditions is an untenable assertion, yet that is the 'standard' response when anesthesia providers are asked if their's or their loved one's postop mental dysfunction could be from too much anesthesia.
From the brain monitor's forehead sensor and computer, patient brain waves (EEG) are converted into an index number between 0 and 100. This number allows patients to 'control' their individual anesthetic dose, avoiding the routine practice of over medication (i.e. less than 45) to avoid under medication (i.e. over 75). Neither too much, nor too little, but 'just right' anesthesia dosage was the derivation of the term 'Goldilocks anesthesia.'
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"The bottom line," says Friedberg, "Don't let your parents, your spouse or anybody you love, especially over 50, get general anesthesia without a brain monitor or you may NEVER speak to that SAME person again. The mind you save could be theirs, or even your own!"
Disclaimer: Neither Dr. Friedberg, nor the 501(c)(3), non-profit Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation, receive financial support from brain monitor makers.
About Barry Friedberg, M.D.
Dr. Barry Friedberg has been interviewed extensively about anesthesia and propofol by FOX, CNN, True TV, and People Magazine during the Michael Jackson murder trial. A board-certified anesthesiologist for 39 years, Dr. Friedberg developed propofol ketamine (PK) anesthesia in 1992 and made PK numerically reproducible with the addition of the anesthesia brain monitor (aka Goldilocks anesthesia) in 1998. He has been published and cited in several medical journals and textbooks and was honored with a U.S. Congressional award for applying his methods on wounded soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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SOURCE Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation