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This Sentinel Event Alert has been retired. Up-to-date guidance is provided in the following resources:
Intraoperative Awareness: From Neurobiology to Clinical Practice. Mashour A, et al. Anesthesiology. May 2011;114(5):1218-1233.
Prevention of Intraoperative Awareness in a High-Risk Surgical Population. Avidan MS, et al. New England Journal of Medicine. August 18, 2011;365(7):591-600.
Delirium: A Cognitive Cost of the Comfort of Procedural Sedation in Elderly Patients? Crosby G, et al. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. January 2010;85(1):12-14.
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