A cross-sectional survey of anaesthesia-related expectations amongst patients awaiting upper limb trauma surgery
O'Donnell, Brian D.
Romanian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Background and aims: Little is known regarding patients’ anaesthesia-related expectations when presenting for upper limb trauma surgery. Methods: We conducted a prospective cross-sectional survey exploring prior anaesthetic experience, anaesthesia-related knowledge, anaesthesia expectations, the preoperative visit and factors likely to influence anaesthesia choice. The survey was completed by 192 patients. Results: Anaesthetists were identified as doctors by 52%; 53% were unaware of their planned anaesthesia; 58% indicated likely acceptance of regional anaesthesia. Information regarding anaesthesia originated mostly from surgeons (65%); 93% had not seen an anaesthetist at the time of the survey. Most believed anaesthesia involved ‘going to sleep’ (82%) and 71% expected to receive general anaesthesia. The preoperative anaesthesia visit was rated as important by 65% of patients. 78% indicated that provision of information would increase the likelihood of accepting regional anaesthesia. Reducing postoperative pain and nausea would influence 80% in choosing a regional technique. Conclusion: A knowledge deficit exists regarding anaesthesia modalities for upper limb trauma surgery.
Patient expectations , Anaesthesia , General , Regional , Upper limb trauma surgery , Postoperative analgesia , Survey
O'Donnell, B. D. and Iohom, G. (2017) 'A cross-sectional survey of anaesthesia-related expectations amongst patients awaiting upper limb trauma surgery', Romanian Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 24(2), pp. 133-138. doi:10.21454/rjaic.7518.242.bdo
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