Research Article
Volume 6 Issue 9 - 2020
Practice Pattern of Regional Ophthalmic Anaesthesia in Cataract Surgery - A Survey among Indian Trainees
Sumeer Singh1, Rajiv Raman1 and Jaichandran VV2*
1Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2Department of Anaesthesiology, Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding Author: Jaichandran VV, Department of Anaesthesiology, Sankara Nethralaya, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Received: March 11, 2020; Published: August 29, 2020


Purpose: The aim of this study was to survey ophthalmology trainee fellows, to assess their current knowledge, and preferred practice pattern with relation to anaesthesia in cataract surgery.

Methods: A 10-item survey questionnaire was developed by the study researchers and was circulated among newly enrolled post-graduation fellows at our institution between the period of April 2015 to May 2017.

Results: A total of 145 complete survey responses were included for analysis. 92% of the trainees preferred to perform cataract surgery under needle blocks and about 98% of respondents preferred to administer first injection at the inferotemporal quadrant. 48% of the respondents were not aware about the size of needle being used for administering inferotemporal injection. More than 90% of the responders started practicing needle blocks just by observing their seniors performing blocks.

Conclusion: The present study shows that trainees still follow the traditional outdated technique of needle block administration. The current teaching in regional ophthalmic anaesthesia needs an immediate change involving hands-on practice on simulators and animal models.

Keywords: Regional Anesthesia; Ophthalmology; Post-Graduate Fellows; Survey; Cataract Surgery


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