Drug Errors in Anesthesia 2023

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Credits Available: CME, Patient Safety

Drug errors are unfortunately a major source of iatrogenic harm for patients in the hospital and in the operating rooms and are challenging to study due to most analyses being based on self-recognition and reporting by staff members. Estimates have...  Read More +

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The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of the American Board of Anesthesiology®. MOCA 2.0® is a trademark of the American Board of Anesthesiology®.

This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology® (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the types of drug errors and their standard definitions.
  • Recognize mechanisms of drug errors in the operating room (OR) and non-operating room anesthesia locations.
  • State the frequency of errors associated with various commonly used drugs.
  • Cite various management strategies to minimize drug errors in anesthesia.
Anesthesiologists, Anesthesiologist Assistants, CRNAs, Nurses, Residents/Fellows, Medical Students
Sarah Palsen, MD; Deborah Schwengel, MD, MEHP; Scott Watkins, MD; Alexander Arriaga, MD, MPH, ScD

Jonathan Cohen, MD
Delcath Systems, Inc. – Consultant

Jeffrey Green, MD, MSHA, FASA
Cerus Corporation – Grant / Contract
La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company – Consultant
Medtronic – Consultant

Senthilkumar Sadhasivam, MD, MPH, MBA, FASA
NeurOptics – Consultant

All relevant financial relationships for this activity have been mitigated. All other planners, authors, editors, and staff have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

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Drug Errors in Anesthesia 2023
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