Adverse Events Associated with Neonatal Laparoscopy: Are They Truly Rare Events or the Tip of the Iceberg?
MedSun: Newsletter #55, December 2010
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
As the indications for laparoscopic procedures expand, often without adequate scientific studies to assess the risks and benefits, anesthesia professionals may be among the first to recognize patient safety issues. Recent reports of catastrophic events associated with neonatal laparoscopy may suggest that its popularity is unfounded for minor procedures. Although studies in the surgical literature report statistically significant reductions in hospital stay and time to enteral feeds for laparoscopic compared with open pyloromyotomy, these results are measured in hours and may be clinically and financially unimportant.
Anethesia Patient Safety Foundation. Adverse Events Associated with Neonatal Laparoscopy: Are They Truly Rare Events or the Tip of the Iceberg? Summer 2010.