Researchers studying anesthesia and consciousness are finding there may be a more accurate way to determine someone’s level of consciousness.
A team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied brain activity in monkeys in several states of consciousness. Findings show the part of the brain where hospitals and clinics are currently checking for consciousness when patients are under isn’t the best place for predicting a person’s state of consciousness. Another place is better. They say the study could also benefit coma patients.