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Anesthesia Awareness Detection Device

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Use Brain Computer Interface to detect people becoming conscious during anesthesia.

1) Patient trains "stop" signal prior to surgery

2) If patient wakes up, they consciously trigger the "stop" signal

3) Doctor stops cutting and calls anesthesiologist to adjust

ixnaum, May 24 2017

Bispectral Index https://en.wikipedi...ki/Bispectral_index
Similar idea but not under conscious control of patient. It reads brain waves and computes (with proprietary algorithm) a number between 0 for dead and 100 for fully awake. [farble, May 24 2017]


       Even if it doesn't actually work, It might help some patients deal with their fears of waking up fully under the knife.
popbottle, May 24 2017

       Why would medics want this ? They don't care ...
8th of 7, May 24 2017

       The subconscious mind detects lots of stuff that escapes notice by the conscious mind. Anesthesia generally knocks out the conscious mind, but the subconscious mind often still knows what is going on around it --and often puts that data into dreams and fears. And yet you can't arbitrarily knock out the subconscious mind, because it does things like cause heartbeats and breathing. Therefore this Idea appears to be saying everyone should be hooked up to a heart/lung machine before anesthesia is applied....
Vernon, May 24 2017

       There is a theory, which I would like to promote amongst people of a nervous disposition who are scheduled for surgery, that the anaesthetic does not dull your perception of pain, but simply blocks the laying down of memories so that, when you awake, you have no recollection of the unspeakable agony you endured during the operation.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 24 2017

       I woke up three or four times during an endoscopic procedure and kept trying to push the tube over to one side to make the pain stop. Messed up my gag-reflex to this day.
Big (+) from me.

       There is a theory, which I would like to promote among halfbakers, that Maxwell is really Dr. Karl Gebhardt in hiding.
RayfordSteele, May 25 2017

       There is already a device hooked up which is the heart monitor. Generally if a person wakes up to find himself paralyzed and being cut on, the heart rate goes up a lot. When the anaesthesiologist notices this, medicines are given until the heart rate subsides.
bungston, May 25 2017

       //Messed up my gag-reflex to this day.// That must explain why you swallow so many things. Also, it must have been a hell of a long endoscope to reach all the way to your throat.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 25 2017

       "Upper endoscopy is a procedure that enables the examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to examine the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and duodenum (first portion of small bowel) using a thin, flexible tube called the upper endoscope through which the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum can be viewed using a TV monitor."   

       I woke at least three times during the procedure and again on being wheeled out of the room. I felt the whole thing, and I puke almost every morning when my toothbrush gets anywhere near the back of my tongue now.
For the first few years afterward I thought it might go away.

       It's not a really funny way to start most days but I suppose I can see the humor in it.   

       Give me a few more years. If I can figure out how to heal myself and if my stomach acid hasn't eaten out my esophagus by then we can chuckle about it together over a pint.   

       Too long an endoscope?   


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