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Similar liability for trauma and nontrauma surgical anesthesia: a closed claims analysis.

Authors
  • Olivar, Hernando
  • Sharar, Sam R
  • Stephens, Linda S
  • Posner, Karen L
  • Domino, Karen B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Anesthesia & Analgesia
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Anesthesia & Analgesia
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2012
Volume
115
Issue
5
Pages
1196–1203
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e31826ac344
PMID: 22984151
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Despite reported perceptions that trauma care involves a high risk of medical liability, there was no apparent increased risk of liability among inpatients presenting for trauma anesthesia care. The proportion in malpractice claims in trauma anesthesia care was not increased compared to nontraumatic surgical anesthesia care. With respect to medicolegal liability, these results support participation of anesthesia providers in multidisciplinary trauma care and organized systems.

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