Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Oct 19, 2016 - When President Reagan was shot in 1981, pulse oximetry was 9 years away from being deemed a standard of care by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Prior to the 1996 FDA approval of the BIS brain monitor, anesthesia was given on the basis of body weight and brain stem signs (heart rate & blood pressure). In the official journal of the ASA, a recently published study from Australia where brain monitors are NOT used found a 30% incidence of dementia after open heart surgery. Reagan died years after his surgery from dementia.
Since 1996, the availability of direct brain response to anesthetics makes the patient potentially in control of their anesthetic dose based on the number from their forehead sensor but only if the device is used, something the ASA continues to vigorously resist endorsing as a standard of care. The non-profit Goldilocks Foundation’s goal is to make brain monitoring a standard of care, but that will require the same public demand that got fathers into delivery rooms for the births of their children.
“The bottom line: Don’t let your parents, your spouse or anybody you love over 50 years old get general anesthesia without a brain monitor or you may NEVER speak to that SAME person again. The mind you save could be your own!”
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“The bottom line,” says Friedberg, “Don’t let your parents, your spouse or anybody you love over 50 years old get general anesthesia without a brain monitor or you may NEVER speak to that SAME person again. The mind you save could be your own!”
Read more about how brain monitoring must become the standard of care for anesthesia and sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/american-asssociation-of-retired-people-brain-monitoring-must-become-the-standard-of-care-for-anesthesia
About Barry Friedberg, M.D.
Dr. Barry Friedberg has been interviewed extensively on the subject of anesthesia and propofol by FOX, CNN, True TV, and People Magazine during the Michael Jackson murder trial. A Board Certified Anesthesiologist for more than three decades, Dr. Friedberg developed the Friedberg Method for administering anesthesia in 1992 and the Goldilocks Anesthesia protocol in 1997. 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.