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Analysis of adverse outcomes in the post-anesthesia care unit based on anesthesia liability data

  • June 15, 2018

The PACU is a unique patient care environment, and respiratory and—according to this study—respiratory injury and complications appear to be common types of adverse events resulting in malpractice claims.

The aim of this study was to provide a contemporary medicolegal analysis of claims brought against anesthesiologists in the United States for events occurring in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). Appropriate monitoring of patients by responsible providers in the PACU is crucial to timely diagnosis of potentially severe complications, as missed and delayed diagnoses were a factor in a number of the cases reviewed.

Citation for the Full-text Article

Kellner DB, Urman RD, Greenberg P, Brovman EY. Analysis of adverse outcomes in the post-anesthesia care unit based on anesthesia liability data. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. 2018;50:48-56. doi:10.1016/J.JCLINANE.2018.06.038.  [Epub ahead of print] (Subscription may be required.)


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