Alarms could be key to avoiding intraoperative awareness By Eleanor McDermid.

Editorialists Stavros Memtsoudis and Spencer Liu praise the analysis for being in line with the principles of comparative performance research. But they note that the findings issue the worthiness of using BIS monitoring, which is more expensive than standard care. However, a technique is suggested by the findings for reducing intraoperative awareness. In a post-hoc evaluation, George Mashour and colleagues divided individuals into three groups predicated on whether they actually received the intended intervention. They discovered that the rate of intraoperative awareness was 0.12 percent in individuals who received monitoring based on anesthetic concentrations, 0.05 percent in those who received BIS monitoring, and 0.15 percent in those that didn’t receive an intervention. The corresponding rates of definite or probable awareness were 0.20 percent, 0.08 percent, and 0.38 percent; by this measure, sufferers who received zero intervention were significantly more likely to experience awareness than those that received BIS monitoring.We are proud to have this luminary operating hand-in-hand with us in A*STAR. Professor Matter joined ETC in April 2009, bringing with him his expertise and knowledge in building bridges between educational research and clinical analysis. ETC boasts a staff power of around 80 today, a lot of whom are senior group leaders with industrial experience who can train young scientists in the rigour of medication discovery and development. Focused on nurturing the young scientists in this highly competitive field, Professor Matter said, Young people need to be educated for effective and competitive drug discovery.