Does Anesthesia in Neonatal Surgery Cause Neurological Injury?

Neurologic injury during pediatric anesthesia and surgery has always been a significant concern, especially during cardiovascular and neonatal surgery.  Potential mechanisms include anesthetic neurotoxicity, surgical disease, and cerebral hypoxia–ischemia. A recent observational study involving eight pediatric hospitals aimed to determine the incidence of low cerebral oxygenation and associated factors during general anesthesia in infants.

The Device

The SenSmart X-100 Regional Oximetry System was used to collect cerebral oxygenation data for each institution. The device measures regional tissue hemoglobin oxygen saturation with a capture rate of every 3 seconds.

The Patients

Patients were eligible for participation if they were less than six months of age and scheduled to undergo a general anesthetic for a surgery lasting longer than thirty minutes. 

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