It’s alarming to discover that deaths due to medical negligence are almost as common, if not more common, in non-operating room settings than in operating room settings. It may be even more disconcerting that many of the errors in question in non-operating room settings involve the administration of anesthesia.
There appears to be more instances where such administration of anesthesia occurs outside of the operating room. One professor anesthesiology and pain medicine described this situation as follows: “This is particular area of interest because we are outside of our home environment. What’s more, many of those procedural areas are dark, and don’t necessarily have the best equipment and monitors available.”