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Conscious decisions

Since modern anaesthesia was first employed 171 years ago to lessen the pain of surgery, the true nature of human consciousness and unconsciousness has remained a scientific mystery. Now, armed with one of the world’s most advanced diagnostic instruments and the rarest naturally occurring gas, a team of Australian scientists are proposing to reveal the way our brain activity is transformed when we descend into unconsciousness.

Impelled by media horror stories of patients ‘awake under the knife’ and by resulting insurance claims and psychological trauma, a 30-year global research effort has so far failed to disclose exactly how anaesthetic drugs act upon the brain, the mind and the state of consciousness – despite the millions of operations performed with them around the world every day.

INNOVATIONS IN ANAESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY

A CMR INSIGHT INTO THE VIEWS AND NEEDS OF EUROPEAN ANAESTHETISTS

Creative Medical Research is a market research company specialising exclusively in medical devices. Anaesthesia is a sector where the company is very well versed and regularly conducts surveys across the whole of the EU, North America, Japan and the Emerging Markets.
In a true Spirit of Enquiry CMR took a stand at ESA last year in Paris and explored future trends in anaesthesia amongst the visiting attendees at the Conference.

The results of this research are available free of charge from: sarah.mackinnon@creativemedicalresearch.com

However, the world of medical devices is constantly changing and in order to keep manufacturers up to date CMR has recently conducted a survey with 100+ European anaesthesiologists to gain their views on the future landscape of technology within anaesthesiology.

The report on this survey is attached.
 

Innovation Australia Award 2011

Cortical Dynamics Ltd is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist for the health category in the Australian Innovation Challenge.

Brain monitor puts patients at ease

Swinburne Magazine

Key points

  • A Swinburne researcher and his commercial partner have developed a brain monitoring system to improve  the safety and recovery of people undergoing surgery 
  • Anaesthetists are constrained by current technology, which cannot separately monitor consciousness and pain in patients
  • Investors are being sought for the technology to be on the market by 2013

“I felt my chest being cut open and blood being mopped away. I heard and felt the saw cutting through my chest bone,” Norman Dalton told the UK's The Independent newspaper in 2004 in a harrowing account of his heart bypass operation.

Disorderly genius: How chaos drives the brain

HAVE you ever experienced that eerie feeling of a thought popping into your head as if from nowhere, with no clue as to why you had that particular idea at that particular time? You may think that such fleeting thoughts, however random they seem, must be the product of predictable and rational processes. After all, the brain cannot be random, can it? Surely it processes information using ordered, logical operations, like a powerful computer?

Actually, no. In reality, your brain operates on the edge of chaos. Though much of the time it runs in an orderly and stable way, every now and again it suddenly and unpredictably lurches into a blizzard of noise.