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Minerva Anestesiologica 2017 May;83(5):457-64

DOI: 10.23736/S0375-9393.16.11504-4

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

European implementation of the “2014 ESC/ESA guideline on non-cardiac surgery: cardiovascular assessment and management”

Lena KOERS 1, Wolfgang S. SCHLACK 1, Markus W. HOLLMANN 1, Stefan, de HERT 2, Benedikt PRECKEL 1

1 Department of Anesthesiology, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 2 Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium



BACKGROUND: Substandard implementation of a guideline is a major factor contributing to poor guideline adherence and has the potential to result in preventable patient harm. This study aims to quantify the uptake of the European guideline on non-cardiac surgery by European anesthetists.
METHODS: This is a questionnaire-based cross-sectional study. Data was collected during Euroanaesthesia, the annual congresses of the Dutch Society of Anaesthesiology, European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists and European Society for Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy in 2015. Primary endpoints were the implementation and knowledge scores derived from the questionnaires.
RESULTS: The implementation score from 488 questionnaires was excellent in 4%, good in 14%, average in 22%, poor in 32% and very poor in 28% of the cases. The knowledge score was excellent in 1%, good in 27%, moderate in 49%, poor in 18% and very poor in 5% of the cases.
CONCLUSIONS: Current implementation and knowledge of the guideline on non-cardiac surgery in Europe needs to be improved.


KEY WORDS: Guideline adherence - Preoperative care - Anesthesia - General surgery

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