No amount of legal defense attorney posturing can relieve Conrad Murray of his responsibility to have watched & monitored his patient,” says propofol expert, renowned anesthesiologist, Barry Friedberg, M.D.
Unlikely the Jackson family will get meaningful justice from the criminal justice system. Even if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, accused Conrad Murray only faces a maximum of 4 years time. Hardly justice for killing Michael Jackson.
Jackson’s death is the sad (and preventable) tale of anesthesia over medication. Yet the vast majority of Americans are routinely over medicated every day when going under anesthesia for surgery. Why? Their anesthesiologist is not measuring their brain.
“Brain monitors are found in 75% of US hospitals, yet only used 25% of the time, mostly because patients simply do not know to ask for one,” says Friedberg.
Anesthesia over medication is especially perilous for people over 50. Nearly 40% of people leave the hospital in a ‘brain fog,’ clinically called Post Operative Cognitive Dysfunction (POCD).
One person dies daily from anesthesia over medication. But death is not the worst result of the nefarious practice of routine anesthesia over medication.
The movie ‘Awake’ terrorized Americans about being awake during surgery. However, waking up in the middle of surgery is a very slight risk that’s 82% reduced when a brain monitor is used.
The most serious risk faced from routine anesthesia over medication is waking up with dementia after anesthesia (DAA) & never again being the same person who went under anesthesia for surgery.
“Going under anesthesia without a brain monitor is like playing Russian roulette with your brain,” says Dr. Friedberg. “You have to live with the long term effects of your short term care.”
The most meaningful justice for Michael Jackson’s family will to have his death serve as a wake up to all Americans about the critical need for brain monitoring to avoid anesthesia over medication.
Goldilocks anesthesia is not too much or too little but always just the right amount.
Over- and under- anesthesia is 2 sides of the same coin: failure to measure your brain!
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