The case studies in this article illustrate findings from closed claims analysis. The identification of various underlying issues revealed in the data presents an opportunity to employ risk management strategies in anesthesia care. Such strategies help ensure safer patient care and may mitigate the potential frequency and severity of claims brought against anesthesiologists.
CASE ONE Proof of Adequate Monitoring During Transfer from the Operating Room
CASE TWO Proof of Appropriate Induction
CASE THREE & FOUR Situational Awareness
CASE FIVE The Effects of Normalization of Deviance During the Pre-Anesthetic Evaluation on Patient Selection and Exclusion
SPECIAL FEATURE ASA Physical Status Classification System and Primary Care Clinicians