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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-65

Postcesarean section patient's concept and satisfaction about types of anesthesia

1 Department of Surgery, Anesthesia and Intensive Care, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2 Medical student in College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
3 College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Radiology, King Faisal Medical City, Abha, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Anesthesia, Armed Forces Hospital Southern Region, Khamis Meshaat, Saudi Arabia
6 Department of Obstetric and Gynecology, Abha Maternity and Children Hospital, Abha, Saudi Arabia

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Gamal Abdalla Mohamed Ejaimi
College of Medicine, King Khalid University, P.O. Box: 960 - Postal Code: 61421, Abha
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/summ.summ_14_17

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Background: The aim of this study was to determine and assess the awareness, concept, and satisfaction of pregnant women about anesthesia for cesarean section (C/S) and to evaluate the role of health staff, including anesthesia, in providing safe, efficient anesthesia. Materials and Methods: A total of 170 post-C/S women admitted to the postnatal wards or attended the postnatal clinics at Abha Maternity and Children Hospital, Khamis Mushayt City Hospital, and Khamis Mushayt Military Hospital were included. A self-administered questionnaire was designed. It comprised personal characteristics, types of anesthesia, satisfaction about anesthesia, and complications during and after the procedure. Results: The use of general anesthesia among patients with previous C/S was found to be higher than spinal anesthesia. However, in the current C/S, the use of spinal anesthesia had increased to reach 53.5%. Excellent satisfaction about anesthesia was demonstrated by only 43.5% of patients, while 29.4% and 17% stated good and fair satisfaction, respectively. A 9.4% of patients demonstrated poor satisfaction. Breastfeeding within the day of the procedure and 1 day after was 29.4% and 34.1%, respectively. Conclusion: Utilization of general anesthesia as a technique for C/S was high among parturients. Excellent satisfaction about the procedure and anesthesia was found to be low. Regional anesthesia should be used for C/S whenever it is feasible. Implementation of modes of birth delivery and modalities of anesthesia for C/S in the antenatal program is recommended.

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