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A Journal on Anesthesiology, Resuscitation, Analgesia and Intensive Care

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Anesthesiology, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care
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Minerva Anestesiologica 2002 October;68(10):751-63

language: English, Italian

Anesthesia in Italy in 2000: sciences and working practice

Di Filippo A. 1, Giunta F. 2, Paolocchi A. 2, Bressan F. 1, Mastronardi P. 3

1 Department of Intensive Care, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
2 Chair of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
3 Department of Surgical, Anesthesiological, Resuscitation and Emergency Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy


Back­ground. To sur­vey cur­rent anaesthe­sio­lo­gy prac­tice in Ita­ly.
Meth­ods. We sub­mit­ted to 1260 Ital­ian anaesthe­sio­lo­gists in 12 dif­fer­ent region­al plac­es a struc­tured ­form ­aimed at sur­vey­ing ­their com­mon ­work prac­tice. Our sam­ple con­sist­ed of anaesthe­sio­lo­gists, age 26-63, ­with 1-35 ­years of pro­fes­sion­al prac­tice. We ­believe ­that our sam­ple rep­re­sents ­about 7-10% of Ital­ian anaesthe­sio­lo­gists, reflect­ing a glo­bal num­ber of 600,000 pro­ce­dures per­formed dur­ing 2000. The ­results ­have ­been ana­lyzed by an ­Excel spread­sheet and ­they are report­ed as ­mean of the per­cent­age of use ­declared in the ­case of ­drugs, and as per­cent­age of the respons­es in the ­case of pro­ce­dure and mon­i­tor­ing ­systems ­used. Fur­ther­more we divid­ed our sam­ple pop­u­la­tion accord­ing to two cri­te­ria: prin­ci­pal ­place of ­work (gen­er­al oper­at­ing ­rooms (OR), sub­spec­ial­ty ORs, ICU) and ­years of anaesthe­sio­lo­gy prac­tice (<5>). The ­results ­have ­been cross­matched with­in and ­between the sub­groups.
­Results. The sur­vey ­showed a com­pos­ite ­state of anaesthe­sia prac­tice in Ita­ly. The ­main dif­fer­enc­es are ­between the young­est and the old­est anaesthe­sio­lo­gists and ­between the anaesthe­sio­lo­gists work­ing main­ly in the ICU and in the ORs.
Con­clu­sions. Ital­ian anaesthe­sia prac­tice is ­still a ­very com­pos­ite real­ity.

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