As general anaesthesia (GA) for caesarean section (CS) compared to regional anaesthesia (RA) can increase maternal risks, it has been suggested that 85% of all acute CS should be performed in RA. We observed whether anaesthesiologists at a Danish university hospital over a 4,5 year-period fulfilled this objective. Only five out of 27 anaesthesiologists had a rate of GA that was below 15%. Our results indicate that anaesthetising for CS routinely helps to keep the frequency of RA for CS above 85%. Further studies are necessary to investigate whether GA for CS is used according to recommendations.
Ugeskrift for Laeger, 2012, Vol 174, Issue 34, p. 1888-90