5 de outubro de 2011

Main Concerns of Patients Regarding the Most Common Complications in the Post-Anesthetic Care Unit

Eduardo Toshiyuki Moro, TSA, M.D., Renato César Senne Godoy, M.D., Alexandre Palmeira Goulart, M.D., Leopoldo Muniz, M.D., Norma Sueli Pinheiro Modolo, M.D.

Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia Vol. 59, No 6,
Novembro-Dezembro, 2009

Preoperative anxiety is frequently associated with anticipation of anesthesia - or surgery-related damages. Severe complications that can be attributed to anesthesia such as death are rare. On the other hand, “minor” events such as pain, nausea, or vomiting have assumed a fundamental role in the determination of the quality provided by the Anesthesiology service1.

When postoperative fears are analyzed regarding low morbidity events that should be avoided the most, anesthesiologists have not always been capable to determine the priorities of the patients2. Thus, successful treatment of postoperative pain, for example, is not necessarily related with higher satisfaction with anesthesia, since the consequences of pain treatment, such as nausea and vomiting, should be considered.

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