When the Hospital Runs Out of Anaesthetic

The American Medical Association in June announced drug shortages were posing an urgent public health crisis with nearly 200 drugs currently in short supply. With a number of these being anaesthetic drugs used in surgery, what risks does a shortage pose for the patient?


James Grant – President of the American Society of Anaesthesiologists.

Judy Smith – Coordinator of Perioperative Nursing in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney.

Rodney Mitchell – President of the Australia New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

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