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Use of a public health law framework to improve medication safety by anesthesia providers.

Litman RS.

March 20, 2019
Litman RS. J Patient Saf Risk Manag. 2019;24(4):158-165.

This commentary explores how gaps in legal and regulatory structure affect anesthesia medication safety. The author advocates for use of a public health law framework to prevent certain types of perioperative medication errors made by anesthesiologists. Policy approaches that require organizations to provide prefilled syringes and barcoding scanners are suggested to avoid vial- and syringe-related mistakes.