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Objective: To assess different anaesthesia-related quality indicators during adult cardiac surgery.
Methods: The prospective clinical audit was conducted at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, from October 2016 to March 2017, and comprised all adult patients scheduled for cardiac surgery. Different anaesthesia-related quality indicators were observed during the pre-induction phase, before the cardiopulmonary bypass, during the procedure, and post-surgery till the transfer from the operating room to the cardiac intensive care unit. Data was analysed using SPSS 19.
Results: Of the 264 patients, 217(82.2%) had complete record; 160(73.7%) males and 57(26.3%) females. The overall mean age was 56.56±12.46 years. In the pre-induction phase, difficult intravenous and invasive line access was seen in 42(19.3%) patients. Inappropriate information in the preoperative form was found in 6(2.8%) patients, and preoperative drugs for anxiolysis were used in 145(66.8%) patients. Haemodynamic issues were significant during the surgery in 15(6.9%) patients. In the post-surgery period, abnormal activated clotting time was found in 17(7.8%) patients, while monitoring problems were faced in 7(3.2%) cases during transfer to cardiac intensive care unit.
Conclusions: It will help to develop quality improvement policies to enhance patient safety, satisfaction and better outcome.

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JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association