Instrumental Insights: Evaluating Anesthesia Equipment Proficiency among Himachal Pradesh's Resident Anesthetists
Dr Akanksha Sharma1, Dr Shriya Jaswal2, Dr Kanika Prashar3*
1Dr Akanksha Sharma, MO Anaesthesia, ZH Mandi, Distt. Mandi
2Dr Shriya Jaswal, MO Anaesthesia, CH Dehra, Distt. Kangra
3Dr Kanika Prashar, MO Anaesthesia, CH Ghumarwin, Distt Bilaspur
Dr Kanika Prashar
Abstract: Background: Anesthesia is a pivotal component of modern healthcare, ensuring patient safety during surgical interventions. Proficiency in managing anesthesia equipment is essential for Resident Anesthetists, as it underpins the delivery of safe and effective anesthesia. This study assesses the knowledge of essential anesthesia equipment among Resident Anesthetists in Himachal Pradesh, India. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among Junior and Senior Residents of Anesthesia in Himachal Pradesh. A structured questionnaire assessed their knowledge of anesthesia machines, ventilators, and monitoring devices. Data from 100 participants were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: Participants exhibited varying levels of knowledge. While many had a good understanding of anesthesia machines' primary function and components, there was room for improvement in comprehending safety features and calibration procedures. Proficiency in mechanical ventilation concepts was notable, though some areas, such as troubleshooting ventilator issues, could be enhanced. Resident Anesthetists demonstrated commendable knowledge of monitoring devices, including capnography and pulse oximetry. Knowledge gaps existed in normal vital sign ranges and alarm response. Conclusion: This study highlights the importance of ongoing education and training for Resident Anesthetists in Himachal Pradesh, focusing on anesthesia equipment management. Addressing knowledge gaps can contribute to improved patient safety and healthcare quality.
Keywords: Anesthesia equipment, Resident Anesthetists, knowledge assessment, patient safety, healthcare quality.