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Ernest J. Ring, MD; Jane E. Hirsch, RN, MS; October 2009
Cardiology consultation on an elderly man admitted to the orthopedic service following a hip fracture reveals aortic stenosis. The cardiologist recommends against surgery, due to the risk of anesthesia. When the nurse reads these recommendations to the orthopedic resident, he calls her "stupid" and contacts the OR to schedule the surgery anyway. The Chief Medical Officer is called to intervene.
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The incidence and nature of adverse events during pediatric sedation/anesthesia with propofol for procedures outside the operating room: a report from the Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium.
Cravero JP, Beach ML, Blike GT, Gallagher SM, Hertzog J; Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium. Anesth Analg. 2009;108:795-804.
Use of propofol for conscious sedation for pediatric procedures was associated with a very low incidence of adverse events, but the authors caution that these data are derived from institutions with organized sedation services.
Wahlberg D. Wisconsin State Journal. July 22, 2006:A1.
This article reports on a federal warning issued to a hospital after a medication error led to the death of a 16-year-old girl.