This case involves an overweight 25-year-old female patient who presented to a dental office for the removal of her wisdom teeth. The patient was given fentanyl, ketamine, and nitrous oxide. Following the administration of the anesthesia, the patient suffered an airway collapse and passed away. It was alleged that the patient was not adequately screened for potential anesthesia complications.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Please describe your background as it relates to this case.
- 2. What safeguards minimize anesthesia complications for high-risk patients undergoing dental procedures?
Expert Witness Response E-103086
I am the professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and have 25 years experience as course director teaching local anesthesia to dental students. I teach anesthesia regularly to oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. There are safety measures ranging from appropriately thorough preoperative evaluation and preparation to selection of anesthetic technique and the ability to monitor and intervene properly if complications arise.