Situation Awareness in Anesthesia

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Kasana Raksamani


Situation awareness (SA) in anesthesia is a
foundation of non-technical skills contributed to effective
and safe patient care in anesthesia. SA is a cognitive
process that allows anesthetists to know the situation, the
environment and detect the anticipating problem while
providing anesthesia. By understanding these concepts
and improving individual and team SA, anesthetists could
prevent and early anticipating the critical incidences, hence
resulted in safer anesthesia. This review provided the
practical understanding of SA concepts for anesthesia
personnel, preventable errors from SA pitfalls, factors
affecting SA and how SA works at the team levels.

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