American Society of Anesthesiologists survey shows widespread drug shortages harm patient care

According to an American Society of Anesthesiologists member survey, 98 percent of respondents regularly experience anesthesia drug shortages at their institutions, and 95 percent say the shortages adversely affect patient care.

Nearly 2,500 members — almost 5 percent of all ASA members — responded to the informal survey.

The top five drugs in short supply were hydromorphone, fentanyl, morphine, bupivacaine and epinephrine.

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