Last updated on April 2018

A Review of "Anesthesia Stat!" in the Pediatric Operating Room


Brief description of study

The objective of this study is to look at critical events in the pediatric operating room in a retrospective and now prospective fashion to determine if there are any trends such as age, presence of URI, type of surgery, type of airway, level of hands on provider, or other predictive markers associated these events so that we may gain some insight into perhaps reducing the incidence of these events or simply be more attune to the increased risks in certain situations.

Detailed Study Description

The goal of this study is to further characterize these events, determine the incidence in the operating room, unmask associated issues to improve vigilance, and to look and see if there are possibly improvements to be made in the investigators care of all pediatric patients to further reduce the incidence or sequelae of these events.

Also, the investigators want to characterize the details associated with these events. Do these patients have prolonged PACU stays? How long are these events? Are they mostly respiratory in nature? What is the average level of desaturation when it occurs. Is it primarily at the beginning, middle, or end of procedures.

This study will have a two pronged approach as the investigators have been collecting prospective observational data already for the QI project looking at this issue using the data sheet in Appendix 1. The investigators have been collecting this data since April of 2015 to the present. This data needs to be entered into a data base so that it can be analyzed in greater detail.

In addition to reviewing the data we have already obtained we would like to begin to collect data prospectively to add to the data we have already collected. Patients that have already been collected will assigned a study number based on the chronology of their event will older event receiving a smaller study ID number and more recent patient receiving a higher study number. This same sequence will continue into our prospective data base.

Going forward, the investigators will continue the current methodology of having study personnel who are present in the pediatric operating room respond to stat calls within the pediatric OR or other pediatric anesthetizing site. The study personnel will assist the practioner or practioners already present first, and when possible will collect data related to the event in real time or immediately afterward and enter that on the study data form.

The investigators will record basic demographic data about the patient including age, weight, height, presence of URI or Asthma, procedure, surgeon. The investigators will record the time of the event, duration, significant changes in vital signs, practitioners opinion of causality if possible, and any therapeutic steps that were instituted such as the administration of other medications, assistance with breathing, administration of oxygen, reintubation. This will be documented in the narrative section of the data sheet.

These data sheets will then have most data entered on them into a deidentified spread sheet. A linkage file will be created so that a patient's study ID can be linked to their actual medical record number in case other information would be necessary or helpful in further evaluating the "Anesthesia Stat," event already noted.

Study personnel will also review the narratives of these cases to determine if there are any common patterns that may not be readily apparent with simple numerical and case data entered into the database.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03152513

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Thomas W Templeton, M.D.

Wake Forest Baptist Health Pediatric Operating Room
Winston-Salem, NC United States
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