Joan Rivers’ death: Risk factors of sedation and general anesthesia

September 11, 2014 7:36 PM

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Joan Rivers’ death: Risk factors of sedation and general anesthesia

Following the death of 81-year-old Joan Rivers from cardiac arrest on Sept. 4, questions have arisen as to the safety of the procedure she underwent at an outpatient endoscopy clinic and whether she was under general anesthesia. While the procedure and her level of sedation have not been confirmed, one expert said that neither age nor sedation should be a risk if a facility is properly able to handle emergencies.

“I think that age is not as big a factor as what kind of resources do you have to take care of the patient,” Dr. Howard Nearman, former chief of anesthesiology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, told FoxNews.com. “As people are living longer, we’re now seeing all kinds o...

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