Anaesthetic complications in the recovery room

Norsidah Abdul Manap, A. Puvaneswari

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Introduction: The immediate post-operative period in the recovery room is a known period of high risk for anaesthetic complications to occur. Aims: We wanted to know the incidence and nature of our recovery room patients in the main-theatre complex of Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Method: A prospective study was conducted over a two-month period on all patients receiving either regional and/or general anaesthesia by an anaesthetic doctor admitted to this recovery room. Complications were documented according to predefined criteria. Results: Out of a total of 1,995 patients, 50 (2.5%) had some form of anaesthetic complication. Fifteen patients had more than one complication. The most common was pain (23 patients) followed closely by nausea and vomiting (21 patients). There were 32 patients with CNS problems (including the 23 with pain), 21 with GIT, 10 with CVS, 2 with respiratory and 3 with other problems. Conclusion: Our recovery room complication rate is acceptably low. Knowing the type and frequency of problems (in this case, mainly pain and nausea and vomiting) can further improve the figure. The role of anaesthesiologists has expanded as they are not only expected to ascertain the safety but also the comfort of patients post-operatively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-204
Number of pages5
JournalSingapore Medical Journal
Volume38
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1997

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Recovery Room
Anesthetics
Nausea
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General Anesthetics
Conduction Anesthesia
General Anesthesia
Prospective Studies
Safety

Keywords

  • Anaesthesia
  • Post-operative care
  • Post-operative complications
  • Recovery room

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  • Medicine(all)

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Anaesthetic complications in the recovery room. / Abdul Manap, Norsidah; Puvaneswari, A.

In: Singapore Medical Journal, Vol. 38, No. 5, 05.1997, p. 200-204.

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Abdul Manap, N & Puvaneswari, A 1997, 'Anaesthetic complications in the recovery room', Singapore Medical Journal, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 200-204.
Abdul Manap, Norsidah ; Puvaneswari, A. / Anaesthetic complications in the recovery room. In: Singapore Medical Journal. 1997 ; Vol. 38, No. 5. pp. 200-204.
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