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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I guess this proves that 'routine' procedures do not equal 'safe'

Patient dies during root canal

Speculation is that she may have had an underlying medical issue and was under twilight sedation at the time, which may have contributed. Twilight sedation relaxes the patient, they can speak and are aware, etc., but are between consciousness and unconsciousness. A death during such a procedure is exceedingly rare. It's kind of scary that you could go in for such a routine procedure and never come out. The only blessing is she probably wasn't in much distress since she was already sedated. She was a beloved school principal who had 25 years' experience in the field. It sounds like she made an impact on a lot of lives in that time.

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