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Comment & Response
June 16, 2015

Presurgery Sedation and Patient Experience

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, Dresden, Germany
JAMA. 2015;313(23):2379-2380. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5516

To the Editor The key purpose of patient premedication with benzodiazepines is preoperative anxiolysis,1 which allows for safer monitoring and induction of anesthesia. In contrast, the primary outcome parameter of the study by Dr Maurice-Szamburski and colleagues2 was the patient’s perception quantified with a patient satisfaction index (Evaluation du Vécu de l’Anesthésie Generale; EVAN-G)3 on the first postoperative day. From a clinical viewpoint, a patient’s perception on the first postoperative day is not the key parameter to judge the value of premedication.

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