Published in Surgery Litigation and Law Weekly, October 29th, 2004
An estimated 20,000 to 40,000 patients wake up during general anesthesia each year and about one-quarter of them report feeling pain, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations said in an alert sent to the 4,579 hospitals it monitors nationwide.
The sensation is described by some as being like "entombed in a corpse."
"Some patients describe these occurrences as their `worst hospital...
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