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Temporal Trends in Anesthesia-related Adverse Events in Cesarean Deliveries, New York State, 2003 to 2012

Guglielminotti, J.; Wong, C.A.; Landau, R.; Li, G.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000489143.61562.aa
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(Anesthesiology. 2015;123(5):1013–1023)

In 2010, 1.3 million women in the United States underwent cesarean delivery, making it the most common inpatient surgery in the country. Despite the pervasiveness of this procedure, it is associated with a heightened risk of anesthesia-related adverse events when compared with vaginal delivery. It is also associated with an increased risk of nonanesthetic perioperative morbidity and mortality. The goal of this study was to evaluate these anesthesia-related adverse events in terms of temporal trends. The authors also examined nonanesthetic perioperative complications, and overall mortality related to cesarean deliveries.

Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

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