The Anesthetic Record: How Content and Design Influence Function In Anesthetic Practice and Beyond
Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University, McMaster University Medical Centre, 2U, 1200 Main St. West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Karen Raymer, MD, FRCP(C)
Department of Anesthesia
McMaster University Medical Centre
2U, 1200 Main St. West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 905-527-4322 x 46698
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: October 11, 2011; Accepted date: October 19, 2011; Published date: October 22, 2011
Citation: Raymer K (2011) The Anesthetic Record: How Content and Design Influence Function In Anesthetic Practice and Beyond. J Anesthe Clinic Res 4:282 doi: 10.4172/2155-6148.1000282
Copyright: © 2011 Raymer K. 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.
The anesthetic record is used in the course of every anesthetic and its origin can be traced to the earliest days of the practice of Anesthesia. Primarily a medical record, it fulfils other roles: patient-safety tool, medico-legal document, and research and quality assurance aid. After detailing these functions, the author aims to identify the content requirements for the anesthetic record and explain the factors that affect accuracy and completeness. The impact of format on the functions of the anesthetic record is explored. In particular, handwritten and electronic formats are compared and contrasted. With a fuller knowledge of these issues, the Anesthesiologist (individually, departmentally and professionally) will understand that the design and use of the anesthetic record warrants attention to ensure its optimal contribution to patient care.