Pain, Pain Relief, Satisfaction and Excellence in Obstetric Anesthesia: A Surprisingly Complex Relationship

It has been stated that “In an era that is increasingly focused on patient-centered care, clinicians seek to understand the ways in which they can effect positive change in the patient’s experiences and outcomes. This is now recognized among the key skills of ‘excellent anesthesiologists'”. As part of a large academic medical center that used a large data set to examine the effectiveness and satisfaction – it was found that among those women who desired to use nitrous oxide, and actually did use it throughout labor and delivery, almost all were highly satisfied, despite only minimum, or in some cases nonexistent, analgesic effectiveness. Read the full editorial here by William Camann, MD, Department of Obstetric Anesthesiology, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA.