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Stryker and OR-Live launch anaesthesia awareness web portal

Stryker : 03 December, 2007  (New Product)
Stryker Instruments, in collaboration with OR-Live, has launched an educational web portal dedicated to anaesthesia awareness.
Anaesthesia awareness is the rare but real risk of surgery that occurs when a patient under general anaesthesia stays or becomes conscious during surgery but cannot move or talk because paralytics are in effect.

The incidence, based on several studies, is reported to be 0.1 percent, which translates to about 21,000 of the 21 million people in the USA who receive anaesthesia each year. (Ref 1)

OR-Live is the largest internet source of live and on-demand surgical video.

While rare, there is growing interest in and concern about anaesthesia awareness, a result of the promotions and release of the movie Awake, in theatres today. Awake is a thriller starring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba that revolves around a fictional portrayal of a patient experiencing awareness.

'We're entering the market at an important moment in time, when the energy to do all that can be done to reduce anaesthesia awareness is at an all-time high,' said Curt Hartman, president, Stryker Instruments, sponsor of the forum. 'We are pleased to offer this portal, a resource for professionals, patients and consumers. As the maker of SNAP II, a new option in level of consciousness monitoring, we are committed to doing our share as industry leaders in advancing this critical Patient safety goal.'

The portal includes the full webcast of a forum hosted earlier this week, A Wake-Up Call About Anaesthesia Awareness: Striking a Balance in Public Perceptions’, during which a dynamic panel of researchers, anaesthesia professionals and a patient/advocate assembled to address the range of challenges, controversies and concerns surrounding this topic in order to forge a positive path ahead to reduce awareness and improve patient safety.

The portal includes a guide for people who are planning to have surgery and tips for preparing to have a pre-op conversation with an anaesthesia professional about minimising risks. The portal showcases highlights from the forum webcast and perspectives on important strategies to reduce the risk of anaesthesia awareness.

Ref 1: Sebel, PS, Bowdle, TA, et al., The Incidence of Awareness During Anesthesia: A Multicenter United States Study,’ Anesth Analg, 2004; 99:833-9.
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