Journal Article

  1. Prielipp RC, Weinkauf JL, Esser TM, Thomas BJ, Warner MA: Falls From the OR or Procedure Table. Anesth Analg 125:846-51, 2017  |  NLM PubMed Link  |  Subjects: Ambulatory, Offices, and Remote Locations, Professional Liability Related, Trauma, Quality of Care
  2. Olivar H, Sharar SR, Stephens LS, Posner KL, Domino KB. Similar liability for trauma and nontrauma surgical anesthesia: A Closed Claims Analysis. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 2012 Nov;115(5):1196-203..  |  NLM PubMed Link  |  Subjects: Trauma
    This study used the ASA Closed Claims Program database and the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) to compare the rate of claims for trauma anesthesia care to national trauma surgery data. The ASA Closed Claims Program database was also used to evaluate trauma anesthesia malpractice claims compared to non-trauma surgical anesthesia claims. The risk of liability among inpatients presenting for trauma anesthesia care was not increased. Anesthesia providers should not let fear of increased medicolegal liability be a barrier to participating in multidisciplinary trauma care


  1. Sharar SR, Tsai YK, Posner KL, Domino KB, Cheney FW: Do Liability and Patient Injuries for Anesthetic Care of Acute Trauma Differ from Those of Non-Trauma Care?: A Closed Claims Analysis. Anesthesiology, 99: A1362, 2003.  |  Subjects: Trauma  |  PDF icon Click here for .pdf


Closed Claims Bibliography

To access a complete bibliography of peer-reviewed journal articles from the Closed Claims Program, click here; Closed Claims Program Bibliography . You may also request delivery of the bibliography via e-mail, fax or postal mail.

Note to Patients

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