A survey of orthopedic surgeons' attitudes and knowledge regarding regional anesthesia.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

UNLABELLED: We conducted a survey to explore the surgical attitudes and preferences regarding regional anesthesia among Canadian orthopedic surgeons. Surveys were returned by 468 (61%) of 768 surgeons. Forty-eight percent of respondents directed their patients' choice of anesthetic. Forty percent of surgeons directed their patients to choose regional anesthesia. The principal reasons for favoring regional anesthesia were less postoperative pain (32%), decreased nausea and vomiting (12%), and safety (14%). Reasons for not favoring regional anesthesia were delays in the induction of anesthesia (43%) and an unpredictable success rate (12%). This survey suggests that orthopedic surgeons are supportive of regional anesthesia. Barriers to increased popularity include perceived delays and unreliability. IMPLICATIONS: Orthopedic surgeons understand the benefits of and are supportive of the use of regional anesthesia in their practices. Barriers to increased popularity include perceived operating room delays and lack of reliability.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Oldman, M; McCartney, CJL; Leung, A; Rawson, R; Perlas, A; Gadsden, J; Chan, VWS

Published Date

  • May 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 98 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1486 - 1490

PubMed ID

  • 15105236

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-2999

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1213/01.ane.0000113549.98873.b1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States