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Arizona Examining Office-based Surgery Safety

Published: October 10, 2007

The Arizona Medical Board has proposed new rules regulating office-based procedures that would require doctors who perform these types of surgeries to have specific monitoring and emergency equipment for all levels of anesthesia and sedation on hand. They'd also require specialized staff training and patient notification of the risks of undergoing surgery in an office setting.

This action comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died following cosmetic surgery, says a recent news report. The death of Tucson, Ariz., attorney Kimberley A. Taylor, 53, was caused by a failed attempt to intubate her when she stopped breathing while undergoing surgery for liposuction and jaw line tightening, according to the suit filed against Ms. Taylor's office-based plastic surgeon and his nurse anesthetist.

When Ms. Taylor, who was under conscious sedation, stopped breathing, the surgeon and CRNA tried to revive her by intubating her, but they placed the breathing tube into the esophagus instead of the lungs, says the suit. Transported comatose to a hospital ER and placed on life support, she died 10 days later.
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