Bispectral index values during sevoflurane-nitrous oxide general anesthesia in women undergoing cesarean delivery: a comparison between women with and without prior labor.
ABSTRACT An end-tidal concentration of 1% sevoflurane (1% ET(SEVO)) in 50% nitrous oxide (N(2)O) during elective cesarean delivery has been associated with bispectral index (BIS) values >60, which are associated with an increased risk of awareness. We hypothesized that BIS values during sevoflurane-N(2)O general anesthesia for cesarean delivery would be lower in women with prior labor compared with women without prior labor.
Forty patients undergoing cesarean delivery were enrolled in this observational study. One group had urgent surgery after labor (labor group, n = 20) and the other had elective surgery without labor (control group, n = 20). General anesthesia was induced with thiopental 4 mg/kg, followed by succinylcholine 1.5 mg/kg, and maintained with 1% ET(SEVO) and 50% N(2)O in oxygen. BIS values, systolic arterial blood pressure, heart rate, plasma stress hormone concentrations, Apgar scores, and postoperative analgesia variables were assessed and compared between groups.
BIS values during the period between intubation and delivery were lower in the labor group than in the control group (P < 0.001). Plasma norepinephrine concentrations increased at delivery compared with baseline in both groups. They were higher in the labor group than in the control group both at baseline and at delivery. Systolic arterial blood pressure, heart rate, Apgar scores, surgical characteristics, and plasma concentrations of vasopressin and cortisol were not different between groups. Postoperative visual analog scale pain scores were similar between groups, while the labor group consumed less analgesics (P < 0.01) during the first 24 h after the operation.
Prior labor was associated with lower intraoperative BIS values during sevoflurane/N(2)O general anesthesia and reduced postoperative analgesic consumption in women undergoing cesarean delivery compared with women without prior labor.
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ABSTRACT: Intraoperative awareness is defined as the spontaneous recall of an event occurring during general anesthesia. A move away from rigid anesthetic protocols, which were designed to limit drug transmission across the placenta, has reduced the incidence of awareness during cesarean delivery to approximately 0.26%. Nevertheless, it remains an undesirable complication with potential for the development of posttraumatic stress disorder. Assessing depth of anesthesia remains a challenge for the anesthesia provider as clinical signs are unreliable and there is no sensitive and specific monitor. Bispectral Index monitoring with the goal of scores <60 has been recommended to prevent awareness. Induction drugs vary in their ability to produce amnesia and the period of hypnotic effect is affected by the rate at which they are redistributed. After initiation of anesthesia, volatile anesthetics should be administered to a target of 0.7 minimum alveolar anesthetic concentration, which has been shown to consistently achieve mean Bispectral Index scores <60. Because of its rapid uptake, nitrous oxide remains an important adjunct to reduce the risk of awareness during emergency cesarean delivery. In the absence of fetal compromise, there is no rationale for an inspired oxygen concentration above 0.33. Deeper levels of anesthesia reduce the incidence of awareness; current evidence does not suggest an increased risk of tocolysis or fetal morbidity.Anesthesia and analgesia 09/2009; 109(3):886-90. · 3.08 Impact Factor