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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-8

Survey of work practices among anesthesiologists in India

1 Department of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care, Medanta - The Medicity, Gurugram, Haryana, India
2 Department of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Anesthesia, Aster Aadhar Hospital, Kohlapur, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Biostatistics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ashish Bindra
Room No. 710, Neurosciences Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Associated Jai Prakash Nrain Apex Trauma Centre, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/TheIAForum.TheIAForum_9_19

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Context: Improvement in perioperative care can reduce anesthesia-related morbidity. Noncompliance to protocols and poor working practices can compromise patient safety. Aims: The objective was to survey the working practices of anesthesiologists in India and find out the most commonly overlooked aspects in perioperative period. Setting and Design: Prospective cross-sectional survey involving practicing anesthesiologists in India, conducted over a period of 2 months. Methods: An online questionnaire, including questions pertaining to pre-, intra- and post-operative phases during conduct of anesthesia was mailed to anesthesiologists (members of the Indian Society of Anesthesiologists) over a period of 2 months through the online survey builder SurveyMonkey. The questionnaire was delivered to 13,700 anesthesiologists, of which 2055 responded. Results are expressed as numbers or percentages. Results: Checklist compliance, equipment check, and perioperative record-keeping are the most commonly overlooked aspects by anesthesiologists in perioperative period. The survey also highlights the shortage of postanesthesia care units across the country. Conclusions: Checklist compliance, equipment check, and record-keeping are potential areas for improvement. Professional societies should promote better practices, monitoring standards and should also formulate minimum standards for different setups where anesthesia can be delivered safely.

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