Is Your Anesthesiologist Ready to Treat You?

A recent study published in the Anesthesia & Analgesia journal found that 84% of anesthesiologists who participated in the study had been involved in a fatal or serious surgical incident. Some, but not all, of the fatal or serious incidents were the result of medical mistakes. However, problems that came up after the fatal or serious incident could be medical malpractice.

Specifically, researchers found that these events have significant impacts on anesthesiologists who were not typically given formal debriefings or time off to recover from the event. Almost 90% of the doctors studied said it took a long time to recover from the event and only 7% were given any time off
from work. The rest continued to care for patients in the aftermath of the event. The study concluded that a doctor’s ability to care for his or her patients may be affected in the aftermath of a fatal or serious event.

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