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James Stotts, RN, MS, CNS, and Audrey Lyndon, PhD, RNC; May 2014
In the preoperative area, a man scheduled for excision of a groin lipoma received regional anesthesia (right iliac block) and was taken to the operating room. There, without alerting anyone, the patient attempted to rise to use the restroom, but—because his leg was numb—fell and hit his head. He reported acute neck pain and was transferred to the local emergency department.
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What is the patient really taking? Discrepancies between surgery and anesthesiology preoperative medication histories.
Burda SA, Hobson D, Pronovost PJ. Qual Saf Health Care. 2005;14:414-416.
The researchers compared postoperative intensive care unit admission records at one hospital to track differences between surgery and anesthesia preoperative medication histories. They found that 73% had at least one discrepancy.