Perioperative nerve injury prevention - #52Take Quiz
Identify causes of anesthesia related nerve injury.
TABLE 1: Common Positions Associated with Peripheral Nerve Injury in the Operating Room
Nerve Injuries Associated with Anesthesia
Prevention of nerve injuries in the perioperative period
Anesthesia related nerve injuries accounted for 16% (670) of the 4183 claims documented in the anesthesiology closed claims analysis. The ulnar nerve was the most commonly injured nerve and made up 28% of the claims. Older age appears to be a risk factor for anesthesia-related nerve injury since the median age of patients with perioperative ulnar nerve injury was 50 years old, while the median age for non-nerve damage claims was 39 years old.
- Identify the potential causes resulting in anesthesia associated nerve injury.
- Describe the common scenarios associated with nerve injury in the operating room.
- Describe preventative measures correlating to each of the common scenarios.
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Author Affiliations: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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