A Study of the Quality of Informed Consent of Anesthesia for Cesarean Deliveries: What and Whatnot was Discussed with ParturientsMuhammad Ajmal*
Department of Anaesthesia, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
- *Corresponding Author:
- Muhammad Ajmal
Department of Anaesthesia
Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital
Dublin 8, Ireland
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Received date: April 07, 2014; Accepted date: September 19, 2014; Published date: September 29, 2014
Citation: Ajmal M (2014) A Study of the Quality of Informed Consent of Anesthesia for Cesarean Deliveries: What and Whatnot was Discussed with Parturients. J Anesth Clin Res 5:438. doi: 10.4172/2155-6148.1000438
Copyright: ©2014 Ajmal M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Study objective: To examine whether the principle of informed consent was applied to practice of anesthesia for elective cesarean deliveries in our general hospital. Design: Prospective observational cohort study. Setting: Maternity ward of a general hospital. Study subjects: Twenty-five parturients in their postoperative period after their first and elective cesarean deliveries and 25 anesthesiologists. Interventions: Application of a questionnaire and an information pamphlet describing various forms of anesthesia for cesarean delivery.
Measurements/Observations: To assess patients’ background knowledge about anesthesia, to determine the quality of informed-consent applied to the practice of anesthesia for elective cesarean deliveries i.e. explanation of proposed anesthesia procedure to parturients undergoing cesareans including explanation of advantages, disadvantages of proposed anesthesia procedure, alternative to proposed anesthesia procedure, explanation of its relative advantages and disadvantages and influence of adequate disclosure on patients’ choice of anesthesia.
Results: In 19/25 parturients, trainees and in 6/25, consultants administered informed consent of anesthesia. All study patients (25/25) received spinal anesthesia. All those patients were given some information about spinal anesthesia but none of the patients (0/25) was informed about the availability of epidural or general anesthesia for their cesarean deliveries and benefits and risks associated with these techniques.
Conclusion: In this single institution study, patients reported that the risks/benefits of all possible anesthetic options for an elective cesarean delivery were not addressed during the informed consent process.