Year : 2011  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 170-172

Appropriate practice of anesthesia: A plea for better training

1 Department of Anesthesia, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin, Edo State, Nigeria
2 Department of Anesthesia, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria
3 Department of Anesthesia, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara State, Nigeria
4 Department of Anesthesia, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos State, Nigeria
5 Department of Anesthesia, National Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria

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Department of Anaesthesia, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, PMB 01129
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.82788

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Background: The role of the anesthesiologist is often unknown among patients. But, the situation where the anesthesiologist is uncertain of his/her function gives more cause for concern. Methods: A questionnaire survey on the appraisal of anesthetic practices was carried out over 5 months using the style of clinical practice. Results: One-third of the anesthesiologists who responded to the survey attached little importance to the work they did by not communicating the same to their patients while 45.2% did not discuss the intraoperative findings with the surgeons. Although 57 (59.4%) of the respondents usually visit their patients on the ward preoperatively, only 16 (21.6%) discussed the proposed anesthetic procedure with the patients. Thirty-nine (40.2%) respondents claimed that they do not wear ward coats to the ward at the preoperative visit. Less than 20% consistently conducted a postoperative visit. The majority of the respondents would treat all patients as important, irrespective of social status, while 74.5% of them considered obtaining informed consent for anesthesia from patients as significantly important. Conclusion: The current practice of anesthesia has been found wanting in several aspects. Knowledgeable discussion by anesthesiologists with surgeons as well as enlightenment of patients and their relatives about their work will improve the quality of anesthesia care remarkably. Changes in the anesthesia training curriculum to reflect these deficiencies would be helpful.

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