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NEW FROM THE OMS GUARDIAN

SEDATION COMPLICATIONS
Michael J. Stronczek, DDS, MS, OMSNIC Director and Chair, Risk Management Committee

 

In 1844, a dentist named Horace Wells delivered general anesthesia to a patient who felt no discomfort during a normally painful procedure. Dr. Wells likely could not fathom that this new anesthesia would change the path of medicine forever. The medications and techniques available at that time were rudimentary, but something incredible had been discovered, and these inquisitive individuals continued to advance the science. As you might expect, it became clear early on that anesthesia could also be risky and had the potential to cause great harm. However, these gallant doctors accepted the challenge and continued their pioneering efforts, leading to the anesthesia techniques available to us today.

 

While we are trained to safely administer anesthesia to our patients, OMSNIC data continues to indicate that 1 in 18 OMS will experience an office anesthetic death during a thirty year practice. Therefore, this issue focuses on our responsibilities as OMS to assess our patients adequately, prepare our team for emergency situations, and continue to be vigilant in our emergency preparedness efforts.

 

 

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