At AURA, we are keen to reduce the incidence of post-anaesthetic nausea, regurgitation and vomiting. While the incidence of these complications is relatively low (about 7%), they can delay recovery for the affected patient, and prolong the period of time spent in hospital.
We have undertaken 2 major audits of our post-operative regurgitation rates in the last 5 years. As our anaesthesia team continue to adjust drug protocols in an attempt to reduce the incidence of this event, we need to know if these efforts are having the desired effect.
There are no additional blood tests or examinations performed as part of this audit. Our research student collects all of the necessary information from the medical record. In some instances, the patient’s carer may be phoned for some followup information.