Perioperative risk assessment and reporting protocol for human trafficking
A 29-year-old female, G3P1102 with no prenatal care, presented in active labor with subsequent precipitous delivery. Upon chart review, discrepancies in surgical history, documented blood type, and contact information were noted. The patient spoke no English and was accompanied by another female translating for her, who, along with the patient, had no personal identification. These factors raised concern for alternate identity and possible human trafficking. Chart discrepancies made this case especially high risk for poor clinical outcomes. We discuss identification of potential human trafficking, appropriate reporting in the perioperative setting, and risks associated with alternate identity and perioperative medical management.
Papadelis A, Burandt D, Soto RG, Schallmo S. Perioperative risk assessment and reporting protocol for human trafficking. Poster presentation at: Anesthesiology 2019. American Society of Anesthesiology, Orlando, FL; 2019 October 19-23.