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Patients report accidental awareness during general anesthesia about 1 in every 19,000 cases, according to a report published in Anaesthesia. This incidence of patient reports of awareness is much lower than previous estimates of awareness, which were as high as 1 in 600, according to a news release.
The findings come from the 5th National Audit Project, or NAP5, which was conducted over the last three years by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. The researchers studied 3 million general anesthetics from public hospitals in the U.K. and Ireland and more than 300 new reports of awareness.