During a procedure the presence of certain physical findings may indicate that the level of anesthesia is inadequate for the patient.


Criteria suggesting inadequate anesthesia:

(1) heart rate > 90 beats per minute, in the absence of other causes for tachycardia

(2) systolic blood pressure > 120% of the pre-operative level

(3) movement

(4) grimacing

(5) eye opening

(6) coughing


The presence of one or more of these findings should prompt a further evaluation of the patient and initiation of corrective action.


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