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A post-anaesthetic follow-up program

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Abstract

Experience with an in-hospital post-anaesthetic follow-up program is reported. Visits are made by a Registered Nurse, a hospital employee working under the direction of the Head of the Department of Anesthesia. Overa three-year period 21,116 of 39,239 patients receiving anaesthetics were visited. Those not visited were mainly outpatients or patients discharged early following minor surgery. Anaesthetic related minor complications were noted in 8.15 per cent of the patients seen in follow-up. Major complications occurred in 0.37 per cent of patients seen.

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Les auteurs décrivent leur expérience dans ľapplication ďun programme hospitalier de surveillance des suites post-anesthésiques. Les visites furent effectuées par une infirmière licenciée employée par ľhôpital et sous ľautorité du chef du département ďanesthésie. Sur une période de trois ans, 21, 116 patients anesthésiés sur un total possible de 39, 239 ont été visités.

Le groupe exclu était constitué de malades ambulatoires ou libérés précocement après une intervention mineure. On a noté des complications mineures en rapport avec ľanesthésie dans 8.15 pour cent deseas et des complications majeures dans 0.35 pour cent.

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    Guidelines for the Minimal Standards of Practice of Anaesthesia. Canadian Anaesthetists’ Society, Toronto (1977).

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Correspondence to Maureen Burnham or Douglas B. Craig.

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Burnham, M., Craig, D.B. A post-anaesthetic follow-up program. Canad. Anaesth. Soc. J. 27, 164–168 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03007781

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Keywords

  • Canadian Anaesthetist
  • Information Retrieval System
  • Hospital Employee
  • Anaesthetic Record
  • Hospital Accreditation