Death on the table. Some thoughts on how to handle an anaesthetic-related death

Anaesthesia. 1989 Mar;44(3):245-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.1989.tb11235.x.


This describes one way to handle the aftermath of anaesthetic catastrophe. The techniques of how to share bad news, interview relatives, complete official forms, deal with the legal process and debrief colleagues are outlined. It is hoped that this article will promote discussion on this topic and improve communication with all those affected by mishaps in the operating suite.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia / adverse effects*
  • Attitude to Death
  • Communication
  • Death, Sudden*
  • Family
  • Humans
  • Jurisprudence
  • Patient Care Team
  • Records