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Influence of resident training on anaesthesia induction times.
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PMID:  18713762     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The effect of resident training in anaesthesiology on operating room (OR) economics is an issue of debate. Comparisons of anaesthesia process times between residents and consultants might be systematically skewed by interactions of anaesthesia technique and patient factors. METHODS: In this prospective, observational study, we analysed anaesthesia process times in 599 cases performed for four different surgical services in a University hospital. The following factors were recorded for each case and used in multivariate analyses of process times: age, American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) status, BMI, emergency status, the educational level of the anaesthetist, and the anaesthesia technique. RESULTS: In the non-adjusted comparison, only for two of seven anaesthetic techniques did resident cases have statistically significant longer induction times than consultant cases: general anaesthesia with placement of a central venous catheter [mean (sd) anaesthesia time for resident cases 38.2 (17.0) vs 22.3 (10.0) min for consultant cases, P=0.001] and general anaesthesia with a laryngeal mask airway [resident cases 11.3 (5.5) vs consultant cases 7.3 (5.0) min, P=0.003]. Anaesthetic technique had the greatest effect on anaesthesia induction time. Educational level of the anaesthetist and age of the patients had small, but significant effects. CONCLUSIONS: Anaesthesia cases performed by residents have in some, but not in all, anaesthesia techniques increased process times compared with cases performed by consultants. This limits a possible negative impact on OR economics by resident education. Patient-based factors including ASA status, BMI, and emergency status have minimal or no effect on anaesthesia process times.
M Schuster; T Kotjan; M Fiege; A E Goetz
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-08-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of anaesthesia     Volume:  101     ISSN:  1471-6771     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Anaesth     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-15     Completed Date:  2008-11-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372541     Medline TA:  Br J Anaesth     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  640-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anesthesia / methods,  standards*
Anesthesiology / education*
Child, Preschool
Clinical Competence*
Health Services Research / methods
Infant, Newborn
Intubation, Intratracheal / standards
Medical Staff, Hospital / education*,  standards
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Time Factors

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