Recovery after anesthesia can be assessed using the score of Robertson et al. This is slightly more complex than the recovery score of Steward (above)
Parameters used in score:
Assessment is performed at 1 minute intervals for the first 8 minutes and then at 10 minutes after the general anesthetic agent is discontinued.
fully awake; eyes open; conversing
lightly asleep; eyes open intermittently
eyes open on command or in response to name
responding to ear-pinching
opening mouth or coughing or both, on command
no voluntary cough, but airway clear without support
airway obstructed on neck flexion but clear without support on extension
airway obstructing without support
raising one arm on command
= (points for consciousness) + (points for airway) + (points for activity)
• minimum score: 0
• maximum score: 9, indicating fully awake
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