Year : 2017  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 86-89

Completeness of manual anaesthesia records in a tertiary facility in Nigeria

1 Department of Anaesthesia, University of Ilorin; Department of Anaesthesia, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Ilorin; Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
3 Department of Anaesthesia, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria

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Olufemi A Ige
Department of Anaesthesia, University of Ilorin, Ilorin
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jomt.jomt_1_17

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Introduction: The human brain, as efficient as it is, cannot remember everything. It is legally required by law that healthcare providers maintain a record for each of their patients. In anaesthesia, every aspect of the anaesthetic care from preoperative to postoperative care needs to be documented. It is, therefore, essential to review the efficiency of manual record keeping and explore possible ways of improving it. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective study of all patients of obstetrics undergoing caesarean section between 1st July, 2013 and 30th June, 2014. Study participants were identified from Institutional Anaesthesia record books and clinical record (case notes). With the aid of a questionnaire, relevant information concerning patients’ biodata, names of health personnel involved in the surgery and clinical information about vital signs and drug administration were documented from the records. Results: The chart completion rate was 63.88%. Emergency procedures had an average chart completion rate of 51.68% while the charts in elective procedures had a completion rate of 73.4%. The patients’ name was the most frequently recorded item. The Apgar score was not recorded in any of the charts reviewed. Critical incidents were poorly charted with a chart completion rate of 36.59%. Conclusion: Manual recording of anaesthesia information is unreliable and results in incomplete anaesthesia records. It is poorer in emergency surgeries as compared to elective ones. A comprehensive approach that would include structured teaching on the importance of chart completion and the use of automated information systems in recording may correct this anomaly.

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