International consensus on EEG monitoring
Electroencephalographic (EEG) monitoring is widely used to indicate brain state during anesthesia. Several changes such as reducing emergence time and expediting discharge from post-anesthetic recovery unit are proved in a EEG-guided anesthesia. However, it remains uncertain whether these changes influence perioperative outcomes. In the article “American Society for Enhanced Recovery and Perioperative Quality Initiative Joint Consensus Statement on the Role of Neuromonitoring in Perioperative Outcomes: Electroencephalography”, a group of worldwide and multidisciplinary experts had developed consensus recommendations on the utility of EEG monitoring during anesthesia. They suggested that EEG monitoring should be considered as a part of vital organ monitors to guide anesthetic management. Yet, there was inadequate evidence to recommend the routine use of it for the prevention of neurocognitive disorder. (Anesth Analg. 2020 May;130(5):1278-1291. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004502.)
Anyone interested in future collaboration in this field of research is welcome to contact our key investigator Prof Matthew CHAN in Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, CUHK. Prof Chan’s research focuses on anaesthesiology.