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Background: Regional anesthesia is the common anesthetic procedure for patients undergoing lower abdomen and lower extremity surgery. Anesthesia-personnel should be aware of the common complications for patient safety.
Objective: To survey anesthesia-personnel’s knowledge of complications from regional anesthesia.
Design: Descriptive study
Setting: Srinagarind Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine.
Population: 51 anesthesia-personnel : 39 nurse- anesthetists and 12 residents.
Methods: Anesthesia-personnel answered the questionnaire (13 items, created by the research team) during a one-hour classroom period. The answer sheets were analyzed for difficulty index (“p”), and the discrimination index (“r”). The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Results: Fifty anesthesia-personnel answered the questionnaire: 39 nurse - anesthetists (78.00%) and 11 residents (22.00%). Respondents averaged 36.18 ± 7.23 years of age and 7.70 ± 6.26 years of experience in anesthesia. We found that the anesthesia-personnel had averaged 80.31%(or had a good level of knowledge). Age and years of experience did not correlate with the level of knowledge. Residents scored significantly higher than nurse-anesthetists (88.08 vs. 78.08%, respectively)(p=0.01).
Conclusion: The knowledge of complications from regional anesthesia was of a good level among anesthesia-personnel practising at Srinagarind Hospital.