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The Current Practice of Spinal Anesthesia in Anesthetists at a Comprehensive Specialized Hospital: A Single Center Observational Study

Authors Hunie M, Fenta E, Kibret S, Teshome D

Received 1 January 2021

Accepted for publication 17 March 2021

Published 31 March 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 51—56

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/LRA.S300054

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Stefan Wirz


Metages Hunie, Efrem Fenta, Simegnew Kibret, Diriba Teshome

Department of Anesthesia, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Debre Tabor University, Debre Tabor, Ethiopia

Correspondence: Metages Hunie
Department of Anesthesia, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Debre Tabor University, PO. Box 272, Debre Tabor, Ethiopia
Email [email protected]

Background: Spinal anesthesia block is the most widely practiced anesthesia technique due to its safety margin. It is an invasive procedure that could be associated with a variety of complications like total spinal, cardiovascular collapse, meningitis, paralysis, and even death. The aim of this study to assess the current practice of spinal anesthesia.
Methods: A Cross-sectional study design was conducted in Debre Tabor Comprehensive Specialized Hospital from November 01 to December 15, 2020. All anesthesia professionals who are working in the study Hospital were surveyed by the Purposive sampling technique. A standardized structured checklist prepared from recommendations of New York school of regional anesthesia guideline regarding the current Practice of spinal anesthesia was used to collect the data after taking written informed consent. Descriptive statistics were employed to summarize the results.
Results: A total of 24 anesthetists were observed of their practice before, during, and after administer of spinal anesthesia. All of the anesthetists were practicing the preparation and assembling of all necessary anesthesia equipments, resuscitation drugs, and basic monitors while all of the anesthetists did not wash their hands, wore a sterile gown, and draped the back of the patient with fenestrated drapes in a sterile fashion.
Conclusion: Most of the anesthesiology professionals in our setting have a good preparation of all necessary anesthesia equipments, and resuscitation drugs, while the assessment of patient’s emotional reaction and pain during injection, the skin preparation allowed to being dry and assessment of the degree of sensory and motor block of the patient were insufficient.

Keywords: spinal anesthesia, standards, Ethiopia

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