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Background and Aims After the earthquakes in Turkey, many citizens were injured and a long process that required physiological and psychological treatments started in the ongoing process. In this study, it was aimed to observe pain and psychological changes in earthquake victims in the light of the QoR-15 score.
Methods After the approval of the Local Ethics Committee (Decision No: 2023-194), earthquake victims who were operated on for traumatological and reconstructive reasons and inserted a catheter were evaluated retrospectively. Demographic data and catheters were recorded. Baseline, 24-hour and 72-hour QoR-15 and VAS scores were compared within themselves in terms of temporal changes.
Results A total of 40 catheters were inserted in 29 patients. (after exclusion 36 catheters-26 (15w/11m) patients evaluated). The type and number of catheters are shown in table 1. The age of the patients was 35.57 ± 13.69 years and the duration of catheterization was 8.91 ± 5.08 days. Infusion of 0.1% bupivacaine 0.5-1 mg/kg/24 hours was started routinely. The QoR-15 and VAS scores of the patients at baseline, 24 hours, and 72 hours were 80.45 ± 17.76, 95.27 ± 15.16 and 101.06 ± 15.52, and VAS scores were 4.61 ± 1.41, 1.79 ± 1.36 and 0.76 ± 0.86, respectively (p<001 and p<0.001, respectively) (table 2 and figures 1-2).
Conclusions In this study, a significant improvement was achieved in QoR-15 and VAS scores as a result of catheter insertion. Considering that post-traumatic injuries require repetitive operations and pain worsens the existing psychological state, it can be stated that catheterization is beneficial.
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