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HURTADO, P.  and  GRUPO ANESCAT et al. Neuroanesthetic practice in Catalonia: Results of a survey done on 2003. Neurocirugía [online]. 2007, vol.18, n.6, pp.492-495. ISSN 1130-1473.

Introduction. Health system planning requires the precise knowledge of the activity performed. We present the neuroanesthesic activity results in Catalonia during 2003. Methods. A prospective and cross-sectional survey was performed for 14 randomised days during 2003. All hospitals practicing anaesthesia in Catalonia took part in the survey. Data on characteristics of patients, anaesthetic techniques and type of procedure were included. Results. 6909 neuroanesthetic procedures performed in Catalonia in 2003 (95% IC 6022-7847), a 1.28% of total surgical activity. A 74% of procedures were done in the public hospitals and a 26% in private hospitals. Patients mean age was 48 years old (95% IC 45.5-50.6). Scheduled procedures were 79.7%. The most frequent interventions were: Spine surgery 40.1 %; craniotomies for tumour resection 24.1%, for haemorrhage o trauma 7.2% and for aneurysms or AVM surgery 2.3%; ventricular shunts 2.6%. Mean duration of craneotomies for tumour resection was 287 ± 95 min. All patients were distributed postoperatively in a conventional recovery room (55.8 %), in a monitored care unit (19.2%) or in an intensive care unit (24.9 %). Craniotomy patients were admitted to an intensive care unit (41.6%), a monitored care unit (33.7%) or a conventional recovery room (24.7%). Conclusions. About seven thousand Neurosurgical procedures were performed in Catalonia in 2003, in public (73.6%) and private (26.4%) hospitals. Spine surgery and craniotomies for tumour resection were the most frequently performed interventions. Craniotomy patients were mainly submitted to an ICU or a Monitored care unit.

Keywords : Neuroanaesthesia; Catalonia; Procedures; Survey.

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