Production Pressure And Its Impact On Patient Safety And Anesthesia Provider's Well-being

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A 48 yo female was scheduled to undergo a Carpal Tunnel release with a regional block and IV sedation. The case was initially boarded in one section of the hospital, however, due to a leak in the designated OR, the case was moved to an OR on a different floor. A handover was completed with the circulating and pre-op nurse. The patient was taken to the OR, prepped and a timeout was performed before any anesthesia provider saw the patient. This case explores the concerns and risks associated with production pressure with an emphasis on patient safety.


American Society of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology 2019. Orlando, FL. October 19-23, 2019.