Assessment of the extent of practice and need for training in regional anesthesia among anesthesiologists in Saudi Arabia | Original Article
Objective The purpose of this survey was to evaluate Saudi Arabian anesthesiologists' level of practice necessity of further training in regional anesthesia in 2015. Methods We used a survey administered via the internet to learn more about regional anesthetic use among the 400 anesthesiologists who presented at the two annual meetings of the Saudi Anesthetic Association. Concerns included the application of ultrasound guidance, the use of regional anesthetic, necessity of training workshops. Findings Of the anesthetists surveyed, 55.2 responded. The majority of these professionals were men, with a mean age of 25 to 50. The majority of anesthesiologists (81) often used regional anesthetic in operating rooms (68.6) as opposed to designated block rooms. Only 12.7 of the respondents completed a fellowship in regional anesthesia, but 5.5 had formal training 81 were eager to attend workshops on the subject. The institutional positions of the ultrasound users their correlation with ultrasound (r=-0.191) were significantly correlated negatively (P=0.026). Conclusions We feel that more could be done to enhance the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's use of regional anesthesia, such as instituting formal training and holding more regular, specialized seminars and courses on the subject, using ultrasound-guided regional anesthetic blocking techniques as the primary focus.