Hundreds of anaesthesia mishaps occur each week, report suggests

More than 200 anaesthesia mishaps are estimated to occur each week across Australia and New Zealand, a report suggests.

Figures from the first report of de-identified anaesthesia incidents collected in an electronic database over seven years show that more than one quarter are associated with harm to the patient and a further 4% with death.

The reporting system, known as webAIRS, was set up in 2009 and allows anaesthetists to voluntarily and confidentially report incidents to a website.

“The data indicate that in a

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