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Uptake of guidelines in the management of patients taking anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents presenting for elective surgery.
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PMID:  23213856     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Management guidelines for patients on antithrombotic agents presenting for surgery have long been disseminated. Clinical practice, however, does not always follow published guidelines in a timely manner, despite their dissemination. This project is an audit of the management of patients on anticoagulants or antiplatelet agents presenting for elective surgery in a large metropolitan teaching hospital. An audit was conducted of the management of patients on anticoagulants or antiplatelet agents presenting for elective surgery at Westmead Hospital to determine the percentage of patients whose management complied with guidelines, and to identify the prevailing reasons for guideline deviation. This was an observational study with qualitative and quantitative aspects. Data was collected for the 102 patients who fulfilled the inclusion criteria: 55.4% of decisions by surgeons and 51.4% of decisions by anaesthetists made in this study matched guidelines; 31.4% of decisions made by anaesthetists were fully compliant with guidelines; 20% of anaesthetic decisions were unintentionally compliant and 48.6% of anaesthetic decisions were noncompliant. A variety of reasons were cited for decisions made without the use of guidelines such as other clinical imperatives, lack of guideline awareness and a belief that it is not the role of the anaesthetist to manage perioperative antithrombotic therapy, amongst others. It is evident from this audit that compliance with guidelines remains an area where there is an opportunity for further practice improvement.
K Cheung; R Halliwell; L Cope; D Khong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia and intensive care     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0310-057X     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342017     Medline TA:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1046-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesia, Westmead Hospital and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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