Near Misses in Neuroanesthesia

  • Zakir Hajat
  • Zoe Unger


A near miss in healthcare is defined as an unplanned, preventable event that can potentially cause physical or psychological harm to a patient and/or physician. Preventable errors have significant human and financial costs. These adverse events offer unique learning opportunities—understanding the causes of preventable errors is crucial to preventing them from happening again. It is important to recognize that near misses differ from recognized patient complications; patients are counselled about potential complications as part of the consent to treatment. In this chapter, we approach the subject of near misses using the airway-breathing-circulation (ABC) method familiar to healthcare professionals worldwide and suggest management strategies to avoid these preventable errors.


Near miss Unanticipated events Mistakes Learning events Critical incidents Serious untoward incidents Medical safety Airway incidents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zakir Hajat
    • 1
  • Zoe Unger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaUniversity Health Network, Toronto Western HospitalTorontoCanada

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