New Study Concludes: Postoperative Delirium Can be Avoided by Using a Brain Monitor

Los Angeles, CA — The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) recently released its new Clinical Practice Guideline for Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults for providing essential guidance to clinicians to prevent and treat postoperative delirium in older patients. Delirium, an episode of sudden confusion, is a serious medical condition that can occur following surgery and is associated with complications resulting in longer hospital stays, delayed rehabilitation, and other factors that can adversely affect an older person’s surgical recovery and longer-term mental and physical health.

Dr. Friedberg, a board certified anesthesiologist and author of Getting Over Going Under: 5 Things You Must Know Before Anesthesia applauds the American Geriatrics Society guidelines to prevent postoperative delirium. Website:

“Brain monitoring is the best available technology to reduce or eliminate anesthesia brain fog after surgery and it needs to be more widely used as the study suggests,” says Friedberg. “The vast majority of Americans are routinely over-medicated during surgery because their anesthesiologist is not measuring their brain. There are cases every day where families are trying to determine what happened to their loved one’s personality and cognitive skills after a surgery. Sadly, some of these patients will never be the same. The key is to monitor the brain during the surgical procedure.”

Dr. Friedberg is the developer of propofol ketamine (PK) technique designed to maximize patient safety by minimizing the degree to which patients need to be medicated to create the illusion of general anesthesia, i.e., “no hear, no feel.” Located in Los Angeles, Dr. Friedberg has been interviewed by FOX, CNN, truTV, Nancy Grace and People magazine, and commented throughout the Michael Jackson murder trial regarding the use of propofol.

Two decades ago, Dr. Friedberg developed a safer anesthesia protocol, subsequently made numerically reproducible with the brain monitor and earning him a U.S. Congressional award. Among the findings in Getting Over Going Under is that about 80 percent of the surgeries in the U.S. put patients at risk of being afflicted with delirium, POCD or even permanent brain damage because a brain monitor is not used.

“The bottom line,” says Friedberg, “Don’t let your parents, your spouse or anybody you love over 50 years old get general anesthesia without a brain monitor or you may NEVER speak to that SAME person again.”

About Barry Friedberg, M.D.

Dr. Barry Friedberg has been interviewed extensively on the subject of anesthesia and propofol by FOX, CNN, True TV, and People Magazine during the Michael Jackson murder trial. A Board Certified Anesthesiologist for more than three decades, Dr. Friedberg developed the Friedberg Method for administering anesthesia in 1992 and the Goldilocks Anesthesia protocol in 1997. He has been published and cited in several medical journals and textbooks and was honored with a U.S. Congressional award for applying his methods on wounded soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Website: