Cognitive Aids for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuroanesthetic Emergencies: Consensus Guidelines on Behalf of the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) Education Committee

Amie L. Hoefnagel*, Shobana Rajan, Adriana Martin, Vibha Mahendra, Amanda K. Knutson, Jamie L. Uejima, Guy Kositratna, Mark Weller, Hui Yang, Sanchit Ahuja, Caryl Bailey, John F. Bebawy

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Cognitive aids and evidence-based checklists are frequently utilized in complex situations across many disciplines and sectors. The purpose of such aids is not simply to provide instruction so as to fulfill a task, but rather to ensure that all contingencies related to the emergency are considered and accounted for and that the task at hand is completed fully, despite possible distractions. Furthermore, utilization of a checklist enhances communication to all team members by allowing all stakeholders to know and understand exactly what is occurring, what has been accomplished, and what remains to be done. Here we present a set of evidence-based critical event cognitive aids for neuroanesthesia emergencies developed by the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) Education Committee.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-17
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • acute ischemic stroke
  • autonomic hyperreflexia
  • cerebral vasospasm
  • cognitive aids
  • delayed emergence from craniotomy
  • evoked potentials
  • intracranial pressure
  • intraoperative aneurysm rupture
  • neuroanesthetic emergency
  • seizures
  • venous air embolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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