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Out-patient surgery--a survey of anaesthesia care in a university hospital.
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PMID:  7886324     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study was done at the Linköping University Hospital, Sweden, to assess the quality of care given to patients undergoing outpatient anaesthesia. A questionnaire was given to all adult patients (> 15 years old) immediately on admission to the outpatients' surgical ward and the patients were asked to answer all the questions, if necessary with the help of an attending nurse. Another questionnaire was given to the patients in the post-operative ward immediately prior to their being discharged home. Analyses of results indicate that although most patients were satisfied with the care offered at the outpatient surgical unit, 50% requested, but were not given, anxiolytic premedication before the operation. A majority of these were women undergoing gynaecological operations. Twenty per cent of the patients complained of post-operative pain that was poorly managed. Drowsiness (12%), headache (10%), and sore throat (8%) were common complications following general anaesthesia. In contrast, patients who had regional or local anaesthesia had an extremely low incidence of complications. Almost one-third of the patients were discharged without a responsible person accompanying them home and 25% were alone at home during the first 24 hours. Of the patients who went home alone, most either walked, cycled or took the bus, but 4% actually drove home after the operation. In our opinion more stress should be laid on patient information before the operation and better methods to relieve preoperative anxiety should be used whenever indicated.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
A Gupta; L E Larsen; F Sjöberg; C Lennmarken
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of caring sciences     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0283-9318     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Caring Sci     Publication Date:  1994  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-04-13     Completed Date:  1995-04-13     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804206     Medline TA:  Scand J Caring Sci     Country:  SWEDEN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  107-12     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures / methods*
Anesthesia / methods*
Data Collection
Hospitals, University
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction
Quality of Health Care*

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