Use of Emergency Manuals to Treat Delayed Emergence After Robotic-Assisted Cholecystectomy.
Oak Hill Hospital
anesthesiology, cognitive aid, delayed emergence, emergency manual
Delayed emergence is defined as failure to regain consciousness 30 to 60 minutes after general anesthesia. Although incidence is low and difficult to accurately estimate, there is a wide differential diagnosis to be considered. Emergency manuals (EMs) are visual cognitive aids that can be used in the operating room to help manage intraoperative complications. They provide immediate access to evidence-based guidelines to optimize management of intraoperative complications. They are being increasingly implemented in the clinical setting and have been shown to improve patient safety. A case of a patient with delayed emergence after undergoing robotic-assisted cholecystectomy is described here. The delayed emergence section of the Stanford Anesthesia Emergency Model was referenced immediately and guided management of the patient. Utilization of an EM resulted in rapid return to baseline mental status. EMs allow health care providers to respond to intraoperative scenarios efficiently and effectively and ultimately improve patient care.
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Simmons WR, Deol PS, Ahmed-Elamin A, Huang J. Use of Emergency Manuals to Treat Delayed Emergence After Robotic-Assisted Cholecystectomy. Cureus. 2020;12(9):e10660. Published 2020 Sep 26. doi:10.7759/cureus.10660