France: Regional Anesthesia Morbidity Study
The French SOS regional anesthesia (RA) service supplies clinical assistance to anesthesiologists facing a complication, collects information on complications, and provides advice on difficult cases prior to administration of anesthesia. Of over 158,083 blocks performed over a 10-month period, 56 major complications were identified by the SOS RA service.
Limitations of such a database are biased or under-reporting, difficulty in attributing a complication to regional anesthesia, and having a sample size large enough to allow meaningful analysis.
A systems analysis approach allows one to identify potential contributing factors to complications in regional anesthesia, including skill and experience of the anesthesiologist, lack of standardized aims and protocols, and failure to follow up and identify complications in a timely manner.
KeywordsFrance Morbidity study Protocols Regional anesthesia SOS RA
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