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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 838-843

Obstetric anaesthesia practice: Dashboard as a dynamic audit tool

1 Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Obstetric Critical Care, Fernandez Hospitals; Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Surgical and Obstetric Critical Care, Century Hospital; Medical Director, Century Hospitals; Founder Director, Prerna Anaesthesia and Critical Care Services Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Obstetric Critical Care, Fernandez Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Prof. Sunil T Pandya
Founder Director, Prerna Anaesthesia and Critical Care Services Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ija.IJA_346_18

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Rapid advances and improved networking abilities have led to the widespread adoption of technology in healthcare, especially focused on diagnostics, documentation and evaluation, or mining of data to improve outcomes. Current technology allows for rapid and accurate decision-making in clinical care decisions for individual patients, collation and analysis at different levels for administrative and financial purposes, and the ability to visualise, analyse, and share data in real time for departmental needs. The adoption of technology may help to improve efficiency and efficacy of healthcare services. Obstetric anaesthesia is a specialised area that has to address the well-being of the pregnant woman and the unborn baby simultaneously. A shift toward caesarean sections as the major mode of childbirth has led to an increased involvement of anaesthesiologists with childbirth. Decisions are often made in high pressure, time intense situations to protect maternal and foetal health. Furthermore, labour analgesia using various neuraxial and non-neuraxial techniques is being demanded by parturients frequently, and for the materno-foetal safety, risk management is the core issue. Hence, it is essential that obstetric anaesthesia teams regularly audit their outcomes to improve services and to identify potential trouble spots earlier. It may be helpful to have audit parameters displayed as visual data, rather than complex tabular and numerical data, for ease of sharing, analysis, and redressal of problem areas. We describe the design and use of an obstetric anaesthesia dashboard that we have used in our department for the past 5 years.

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