Evidence Based Practice and Quality Assurance
Background and Goal of Study: A growing number of sentinel events have been disclosed to the media. “A sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof” Some of the disclosed cases have direct involvement of anaesthesiologists. How did anaesthesiologists view the impact of those events.
Materials and Methods: Survey of media published sentinel events from 2000 to July 2004. Interviews with over 6.5% of the registered anaesthesiologists.
Results and Discussions: Media published news were conflicting. Only the more recent and publicized events were known to the majority of the anaesthesiologists. Most of the anaesthesiologists felt that patients were getting more insecure facing procedures. Anaesthesiologists felt that media published news were directed against the medical profession.
Conclusion(s): The need to create and enforce professional guidelines regarding media published events.
The importance of a clear and timely information of the professionals, as a whole, of the basic known facts. This must serve to minimize misinformation and speculation.