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Ann Med Health Sci Res. 2011 Jan;1(1):97-101.

Pre-operative Anaesthesia visit: Problems and Prospects in a University Teaching Hospital in Enugu, South East Nigeria.

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Department of Anaesthesia, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, Nigeria.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Pre-anaesthetic evaluation is a basic component of safe anaesthetic practice and ends with the establishment of an anaesthetic plan of action for individual patients.

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of the present study was to assess the difficulties encountered by the anaesthetist during such visits and suggest ways they can be overcome

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

The 'activity book' of anaesthetic resident doctors in the hospital was reviewed retrospectively for documented problems they encountered during the pre-operative visit. The problems listed were then subjected to analysis using the SPSS 17.

RESULT:

The commonest problem was the unavailability of the patient for review 73.1% followed by very busy schedule (7.4%) and unfit patients (6.9%)

CONCLUSION:

Anaesthetists still do encounter problems during the pre-operative visit. Exposing such problems creates the necessary awareness for improvement of patient care.

KEYWORDS:

Anaesthetist; pre-operative visit; problems

PMID:
23209961
PMCID:
PMC3507090

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