Why do patients wake up on operating tables? The Naked Scientist has the answer

Patients who wake up on operating tables despite being under anaesthesia is an occurrence that doctors can manage with ease.

702 and CapeTalk's Redi Tlhabi on Friday spoke to The Naked Scientist to find scientific explanations to various phenomena.

Listen to the conversation below:

Everyday in America, there's something like 60 000 operations carried out under general anaesthesia. 1% of those operations, patients wake up while still on the operating table.

The Naked Scientist

When you are stressed, that activates your body's fight or flight reaction. It releases more adrenalin into your system, your heart races, it makes you breathe faster.

The Naked Scientist

In order to feel pain, you have to be awake and aware. People go through a series of stages where certain slowly everything shuts down and they become less responsive.

The Naked Scientist

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