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Anaesthesia in patients undergoing esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy for suspected bleeding

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INTRODUCTION: Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) is a common emergency. Currently, there are no agreed guidelines on the level of anaesthetic support required in patients undergoing acute esophago-gastro-duodendoscopy (EGD).

METHODS: An online questionnaire comprising 19 questions was distributed to all members of the Danish Association of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (n = 1,418) and the Danish Society of Anaesthesiologists in Training (n = 566). The questions concerned clinical practice for anaesthesia care to patients undergoing EGD for suspected UGIB and availability of local guidelines.

RESULTS: A total of 521 anaesthetists who had, on average, concluded medical school 14 years earlier (range: 9-27 years) answered the questionnaire. Of the responders, 65.5% (167/255; 95% confidence interval (CI): 59.7-71.3) had provided anaesthesia to five or more patients with suspected UGIB during the previous six months. 32.9% (110/333; 95% CI: 27.9-38.0) had a local guideline for this procedure. Rapid sequence induction was part of the guideline for 71.8% (79/110; 95% CI: 63.4-80.2) in case of general anaesthesia (GA). The preferred choice of anaesthesia was GA with endotracheal intubation (56.2%; 187/333; 95% CI: 50.9-61.5).

CONCLUSIONS: We found considerable variation in daily clinical practice of anaesthesia for patients undergoing EGD for suspected UGIB. The fact that anaesthesia for UGIB is a complex emergency procedure may underline the need for development of an international or at least a national guideline.

FUNDING: The study received financial support from Karner's Foundation, Denmark.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: not relevant.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA5409
JournalDanish Medical Bulletin (Online)
Volume64
Issue number10
Number of pages4
ISSN1603-9629
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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