Research Paper: Rate of patient satisfaction after anesthesia
In a study of 10811 patients conducted in an adult tertiary care hospital in Australia, it was found that the rate of patient satisfaction after anesthesia was high and up to 96.8% of the patients interviewed were found to be adequately satisfied (Myles, Williams, Hendrata, H.Anderson, & Weeks, 2000). A significant finding from this study was that the rates of dissatisfaction, however low, were strongly associated with the postoperative complications, including post-operative pain, nausea vomiting or other complications, encountered by the patient. Although this study was carried amongst inpatients, it has been reported in other studies performed amongst outpatients that dissatisfaction with anesthesia results in a 12-fold increase in overall dissatisfaction rates with the surgery (Fitzpatrick, 1991).
In the past, several interventions have been used in order to address the post operative complications. For example, the use of prophylactic drugs, such as Ondansetron and Droperidol, to reduce complaints of nausea and vomiting (Hill, et al., 2000). Till date, no intervention has been proposed for the treatment of the symptoms of post-operative drowsiness and fatigue in patients. The drug modafinil, which has been previously used for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness in narcolepsy patients, has been recently used for improving alertness and performance in aviators and was found to be efficacious (Caldwell, Caldwell, Smythe, & Hall, 2000).