Journal Article

  1. Davies JM, Posner KL, Lee LA, Cheney FW, Domino KB. Liability associated with obstetric anesthesia: a closed claims analysis. Anesthesiology. 110(1):131-9, 2009.  |   |  NLM PubMed Link  |  Subjects: Obstetrics
    Comparison of obstetric anesthesia claims from 1990 or later with pre-1990 claims reported in Chadwick et al (1991) revealed a decrease in maternal death. While newborn death and brain damage also decreased, it remained a leading cause of obstetric anesthesia malpractice claims. Maternal nerve injury was more common in 1990 or later claims compared to earlier claims.
  2. Chadwick HS, Posner KL, Caplan RA, Ward RJ, Cheney FW: A comparison of obstetric and nonobstetric anesthesia malpractice claims. Anesthesiology 74:242-249, 1991.  |  NLM PubMed Link  |  Subjects: Obstetrics
    This is a review of 190 obstetric anesthesia claims which represent 12% of the overall 1,541 ASA Closed Claims Program database. The most common OB claims were maternal death (22% of all OB claims), newborn brain damage (20%), and headache (12%). The group of OB claims contained a proportionally greater number of minor injuries such as headache, backache, pain during anesthesia and emotional injury (32%) compared to the non-OB claims (4%).


  1. Davies JM, Posner KL, Cheney FW, Domino KB: Anesthesia Malpractice Claims for Newborn Brain Injury in the 1990s. Anesthesiology 105: A7, 2006.  |  Subjects: Obstetrics  |  PDF icon Click here for .pdf
  2. Davies JM, Ross BK, Posner KL, Domino KB: Trends in Obstetric Anesthesia Malpractice Claims over the Last Three Decades. Anesthesiology, 101: A-1231, 2004.  |  Subjects: Obstetrics  |  PDF icon Click here for .pdf

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