Study Finds Older Anesthesiologists More Frequently Medical Malpractice Defendants

A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Anesthesiology found that anesthesiologists age 65 and older are more likely to be sued for medical malpractice than their younger colleagues. The study did notidentify why medical malpractice lawsuits were more likely but did encourage more research into the potential causes for the discrepancy.

Researchers warn against conclusions that older anesthesiologists are necessarily more dangerous than younger doctors and remind patients that older anesthesiologists have more experience than younger doctors. However, they do encourage all doctors to know their personal limits, to be well rested, and to take time away from their practices to be recharged and keep up to date on the latest news in their practice areas.

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