Deaths on the Table: Proposal for an International Convention on the Investigation and Prevention of Anaesthetic Mortality

Medicine and Law, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 31-54, 1998

13 Pages Posted: 21 May 2009

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Thomas Alured Faunce

Australian National University

B. Rudge

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 20, 1998

Abstract

There is a significant risk of mortality associated with anaesthesia which is distinct from that related to any relevant surgery or intercurrent disease. As a matter of pure logic patients worldwide should be entitled to expect a basic minimum of knowledge and skills from an anaesthetist, as well as his or her use of standard monitoring equipment. In an age where the global provision of health services and equipment may be increasingly dominated under trade-promoting international agreements, by a few transnational corporations, and where technology faciliates dissemination of medical data, a unified, worldwide approach to the investigation and prevention of anaesthetic mortality appears both rational and urgent.

Keywords: Anaesthetic mortality, international convention, patient safety, health system mortality, globalisation

Suggested Citation

Faunce, Thomas Alured and Rudge, B., Deaths on the Table: Proposal for an International Convention on the Investigation and Prevention of Anaesthetic Mortality (May 20, 1998). Medicine and Law, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 31-54, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1407718 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1407718

Thomas Alured Faunce (Contact Author)

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
61 2 61253563 (Phone)

B. Rudge

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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