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In today’s Wall St. Journal,, there’s a disturbing article about the administration of anesthesia by those who are not properly trained. This lack of training significantly increases the risks of respiratory complications, cardiac arrest, brain damage and even death. According to the article which cites a University HealthSystem Consortium study, “there may be a potentially 1,690 incidents a year nationwide related to sedation-ranging from an overdose of drugs to a procedure that is started before a patient is adequately sedated.”

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