Monitoring for depth of anesthesia: a review

Amornyotin Somchai
  • Journal of Biomedical Graphics and Computing, September 2012, Sciedu Press
  • DOI: 10.5430/jbgc.v2n2p119

Monitoring for depth of anesthesia: a review

What is it about?

Monitoring depth of anesthesia is a newer advance in the monitoring of anesthesia. Accurate assessment of the depth of anesthesia contributes to tailoring drug administration to the individual patient. Its increasing use may help to prevent awareness or excessive anesthetic depth and to improve the patients’ outcomes.

Why is it important?

Awareness experiences frighten the patients and can leave a lifetime of residual emotional and psychological problems. To date, no monitoring system has been found to measure the depth of anesthesia reliably for all patients and all anesthetic agents.


Somchai Amornyotin
Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University

In this review, the author critically analyzes the use of a number of the depth of anesthesia monitors including the traditional techniques and the modern techniques.

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