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Minerva Anestesiologica 1999 December;65(12):879-84

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Rhabdomyolysis due to improper intraoperative positioning. Clinical and medico-legal aspects

Ronchi E. 1, Macrì L. 1, Schillaci D. R. 1, Tommasino C. 2

1 Università degli Studi - Milano, Istituto di Medicina Legale e delle Assicurazioni; 2 IRCCS H San Raffaele, Milano, Cattedra di Anestesia e Rianimazione


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The etiology, diagnosis, pathology and treatment of rhabdomyolysis due to intraoperative malpositioning and the medico-legal implications of physicians involved in the surgical treatment and anesthesia of the patient are described. According to the Italian law, the anesthesiologist is the only physician of the surgery-anesthesia team responsible for the patient’s positioning. The anesthesiologist must assume primary responsibility for protecting the patient from iatrogenic injuries due to improper positioning, and/or inadequate preventive measures.

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