Anesthesia Fatalities Reported to Rise After Decades of Decline

While anesthesia related deaths remain rare, they do happen and a new study has found that they are happening more often.  Specifically, the study found that deaths related to the use of general anesthesia are rising worldwide and that a significant reason for the increase, after decades of decline, is because more surgeries are being done on elderly patients.

Of course, the solution to the rising anesthesia fatality rates is not to stop operating on elderly people. Instead, researchers and others recommend that doctors carefully monitor patients during and after anesthesia so that any complications can be quickly controlled.

Have you or a loved one suffered form an anesthesia error?  Please share your story in the comments so that others can learn what happened to you.