American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) President J.P. Abenstein, M.D. released the following statement:
“First and foremost, the death of a patient is always a tragic event, and our hearts continue to be with the family of Ms. Joan Rivers.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a 22-page report this week regarding the tragic death of Ms. Rivers. The report stated ‘Based on the review of medical records, documents, policies and procedures and interviews, it was determined that the facility failed to ensure that patient care services are provided in a manner that protects the health and safety of all patients.’
Each of the more than 100 million operations and procedures performed on Americans every year involves the administration of anesthesia. The goal of every member of ASA is to give each patient the highest quality and safest care possible. While our goal is to reduce the risk of surgery and anesthesia to zero, we are not there yet.
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