The use of bispectral index monitoring in education - a tool to improve nurse-anaesthetists practice

Journal of Advanced Nursing
Jakob I Vedtofte, Lars S Rasmussen


This paper is a report of a study to investigate whether monitoring depth of anaesthesia by bispectral index would reduce recovery time and consumption of anaesthetic drugs in anaesthetics performed by student nurse-anaesthetists. It is difficult to assess the depth of anaesthesia clinically. Studies have shown that experienced anaesthetists can titrate anaesthetics more accurately when using bispectral index monitors. It is not known if student nurse-anaesthetists can benefit from their use in a similar way. A multicentre study involving four hospitals was carried out during a 13-month period in 2003 and 2004. In total 25 nurses participated, each contributing with two procedures: one with monitoring and one without. The nurses had at least 10 months of experience in conducting anaesthesia and all had a theoretical introduction and a test session to become familiar with the equipment. The sequence was randomized and the observer was blinded to whether a monitor was used. Fifty patients were anaesthetized with propofol and fentanyl. Recovery time, consumption of anaesthetic drugs, and patient satisfaction were measured in both groups. Recovery time was 11 minutes in the monitor group (range: 2-53 minutes) and 15 minutes in the ...Continue Reading


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