Spotlight on Anesthesia Claims: Moving the Needle (The Doctor's Advocate CME)


Anesthesia professionals provide excellent care for almost every patient. However, there are the rare circumstances that result in patient harm. By analyzing cases and data from medical malpractice claims we can share lessons about circumstances that impeded good care. In this course we will show how comorbidities complicated the delivery of good anesthesia care. And we will share how important a thorough history and physical is to identifying potential problems that occur in the administration of anesthesia care.

Course ID #: TDE 190643.0 Issue Date: 12-12-2019 Expiration Date: 12-12-2022


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Assess my practice for risks that can lead to malpractice claims.

  • Take steps to mitigate at least one risk identified in the analysis of claims related to anesthesia practices.

  • Educate colleagues about the patient concerns, liability risks, and preventive strategies identified from the study of anesthesia malpractice claims.


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity.


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. We recommend that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

Course Developers

Susan K. Palmer, MD, The Doctors Company Anesthesia Advisory Board Member, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
Darrell Ranum, JD, CPHRM, Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Professional Education, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State. 

Technical Requirements

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Contact Us

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