The Capability for the Automatic Electronic Anesthesia Recording System Interpretation among Non-anesthesia Medical Personnel

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Nantanut Saiyarin
Sirinya Naratcharlyangkoon
Rungruedee Jansin
Phuping Akavipat


Introduction: The automatic electronic anesthesia recording (AEAR) system has been launched in Thailand since 2011 but the informative application from stakeholders has never been assessed. Therefore, this study was conducted to evaluate the interpretation capability on the electronic record among non-anesthesia medical personnel and to discover factors affected that capability. Methods: The stratified randomization was done from the personnel related to post-operative care in order to evaluate the interpretation capability for the AEAR system. The 19 items, self-developed questionnaire was approved with Cronbach‘s alpha of 0.84. The test was done at the same time within 25 minutes. The correct answer over 75% was defined as good interpretation capability. Descriptive statistic and logistic regression model were analyzed as if p-value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: From forty participants, 37 (92.5%) were registrar nurses and the majority was working in Female neurosurgical ward (24.3%). Thirty-six (90%) had a corrective interpretation score over 75%, while there was only 1 (2.5%) had a low score. The corrected answers on the amount of blood and blood products received perioperatively, urine output, drainage and complication in post-anesthetic care unit were the highest vice versa the anesthetic technique which was corrected only in 13 (40%) participants. The interpretation capability was not different between profession, working location and experience, moreover the factors affected were not identified. Conclusions: The electronic record interpretation capability is superior among non-anesthetic medical personnel but cannot identify the factor affected. Suggested further study should be done in the large sample size for maximizing the patient-care-systems’ benefits.

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