Shortage of perioperative drugs: implications for anesthesia practice and patient safety

Gildasio S. De Oliveira, Luke S. Theilken*, Robert J. McCarthy

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Abstract

Several medications used in clinical perioperative medicine are currently cited on the national shortage list. Medication shortages may be attributed to lack of raw materials, manufacturing issues, and discontinuation of production. Medication shortage has a substantial impact on patient care, and is responsible for creating an environment conducive to an increase in medication errors. Anesthesiologists should be taking an active role with the pharmacy and hospital management to alert caregivers and help to prevent adverse effects on patient care and safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1429-1435
Number of pages7
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Volume113
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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