Author(s): Stoddart PA, Brennan L, Hatch DJ, Bingham R
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Abstract A postal survey of previous paediatric anaesthetic training, current paediatric experience and management of an infant pyloromyotomy was undertaken among consultant anaesthetists in the UK. A total of 851 questionnaires were returned, giving a response rate of 31\%; 352 (41\%) consultants had at least one paediatric list each week, 180 (21\%) anaesthetized more than one infant less than 6 months old each month and 373 (44\%) had obtained more than 6 months' specialist training. Consultants trained most recently had received significantly longer (P < 0.001) specialist training than their senior colleagues: 558 (66\%) consultants dealt with infants requiring a pyloromyotomy, 348 with one or two cases annually. Two-thirds preferred to use an i.v. induction technique and less than half used cricoid pressure. Choice of technique was related to the duration of specialist paediatric training and when it was received, but not to current paediatric anaesthetic experience. The results are discussed in relation to recently published recommendations on paediatric anaesthetic services.
This article was published in Br J Anaesth
and referenced in Journal of Anesthesia & Clinical Research