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Leading Causes of Anesthesia-related Liability Claims in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

  • October 1, 2021

Researchers conducted a contemporary analysis of patient injury, allegations, and contributing factors of anesthesia-related closed claims, which involved cases that specifically occurred in free-standing ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).

Closed claims data between 2007 and 2014 from The Doctors Company (A Candello member), a medical malpractice insurer, were examined. Findings were coded using the Comprehensive Risk Intelligence Tool developed by Candello. 

In conclusion, analysis of the claims demonstrated significant differences and several common sources of liability. These include improving strategies for thorough screening, preoperative assessment, and risk stratifying of patients, incorporating routine dental and airway assessment and documentation, diagnosing and treating perioperative pain adequately, and improving the efficacy of communication between patients and care providers.


Citation for the Full-text Article

Ranum D, Beverly A, Shapiro F, Urman R. Leading causes of anesthesia-related liability claims in ambulatory surgery centers. Journal of Patient Safety. 2021; 17 (7): 513-521. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000431.