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J Clin Anesth. 2000 Sep;12(6):468-71.

Herbal medicines: current trends in anesthesiology practice--a hospital survey.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79430, USA.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVES:

To develop a simple survey to determine the patient population actively utilizing dietary supplements and/or herbs, during the preoperative period.

DESIGN:

Prospective study, with survey instrument.

SETTING:

University medical center.

PATIENTS:

1,017 patients presenting for preanesthetic evaluation prior to outpatient surgery.

INTERVENTIONS:

After undergoing preanesthetic evaluation, patients were asked to complete a survey listing which of the nine most popular nutraceuticals currently available on the market they were using.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:

A total of 1017 surveys were submitted over a period of five months, with 32% being poorly completed and thus discarded. Of the remaining 755 valid surveys, 482 patients used at least one nutraceutical agent. 90% of these patients were using vitamins, 43% garlic extracts, 32% Gingko Biloba, 30% St. John's Wort, 18% Ma Huang, 12% Ecchinaceae, 10% Aloe, 8% Cascare, 3% licorice.

CONCLUSION:

A significant population of patients scheduled for an elective surgical procedure are self-administering nutraceutical agents. Some of these agents have the potential to cause serious drug interactions and hemodynamic instability during surgery. Hence, it may be important to identify patients self-administering these medications, during the preoperative period.

PMID:
11090733
DOI:
10.1016/s0952-8180(00)00195-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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