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Complications related to Total Intravenous Anaesthesia

Freedom of information request details

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Service: Claims Management

The following information was requested:

I would like to know the cost of litigation to the NHS as a result of all complications related to Total Intravenous Anaesthesia also called TIVA and TIVA/TCI

Examples of complications include

  1. Accidental awareness under general anaesthesia – may also be described as to as AAGA or as ‘awareness’ or ‘light anaesthesia’
  2. Cardiovascular instability – search terms might also include ‘hypotension’, ‘low blood pressure’, ‘cardiovascular collapse’, ‘bradycardia’, ‘low heart rate’, ‘slow heart rate’, ‘cardiac arrest’
  3. Respiratory difficulties – search terms including ‘woody chest’, ‘reduced chest wall compliance’, ‘reduced respiratory compliance’, ‘difficult ventilation’, ‘high inspiratory pressures’, ‘barotrauma’, ‘respiratory depression’, ‘hypoxia’, ‘desaturation’, ‘low oxygen saturations’, ‘hypoxaemia’

I would like this information for all years available. The number of cases as well as the cost of litigation broken down by year, also into the categories of complication as outlined above (awareness, cardiovascular instability and respiratory complications), and by NHS trust/hospital.

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