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WHO Safe Anesthesiology Tool: Improving Communication Before and After Surgery

ospitalization and surgery are demanding life events that lead to considerable stress and anxiety in patients. The fear of the “unknown” is a powerful force for the patient especially during the perioperative surgical time period. Unfortunately, medical errors and medications errors are often linked to miscommunication, anxiety and poor patient satisfaction which are common occurrences.  Moreover, patients perceive the day of surgery as one of the most intimidating days in their lives and there is a real absence of information on predictors of anxiety in the current literature[1]. Additionally, there is mounting evidence that patient education is one critical way to combat stress and anxiety during this time period.  Fitzgerald[2]has shown in a study that preoperative surgical education can significantly reduce stress and anxiety preoperatively, therefore increasing patient satisfaction. 

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