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September 19, 2001

A Patient Dissatisfied With Her Care—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(11):1311-1315. doi:10.1001/jama.286.11.1311

In Reply: Drs Aye, Drasner, and Morell and colleagues suggest that I criticized the choice of bupivacaine rather than lidocaine anesthesia for Ms G's surgery. The use of lidocaine for spinal anesthesia has decreased because of serious permanent and temporary sequelae.1,2 I am not critical of the choice of anesthetic agents for Ms G, nor did I characterize her care as constituting an error. The choice of anesthetic regimen is the province of the team of anesthesiologists caring for her.

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