Anaesthesia and Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction (POCD)

The subject of POCD has been a high profile news item in the media over the weekend.  This has primarily resulted from a French study on POCD Exposure to general anaesthesia could increase the risk of dementia in elderly.  However, Dr Peter Venn, College Council member, cautioned several newspapers that further research was required; this is supported by an earlier article in Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain (CEACCP) also enclosed.  College information for patients with concerns on the issue is also available in the RCoA Risk Leaflet.

 

03 June 2013