About Us

Finding learning opportunities
in the face of real-world experiences.

Medical error. Adverse outcomes. Learning opportunities.

Things go wrong during surgery and other medical procedures, and therefore, in anesthesia. With proper knowledge and recognition of these events as performance and systems issues, we can turn these stories into learning lessons and opportunities for growth.

There are few ways to collect and share stories about clinical events with other anesthesia providers in a timely and anonymous fashion. Anesthesia eNonymous is a channel where you can communicate and share your stories — free of sensitive patient, hospital and provider information — so that others can learn and grow from your experience.

We recognize there is a “fear of discovery” in reporting of such events due to institutional or other factors that may prevent you from telling your story. As a result, Anesthesia eNonymous has combined technological security with a staff of academic data reviewers who will ensure and protect your anonymity.

Anesthesia eNonymous is an initiative of the VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia, the nation’s top-ranked nurse anesthesia school.


When you submit a story, our REDCap IT security ensures your submission is completely unidentified, as follows:

  1. We do not record the IP address on your computer.
  2. The webpage to which you are redirected is on a separate server, not linked in any way to your Anesthesia eNonymous user account.
  3. A data reviewer will review the information you submit in RedCAP and, in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, will remove all potentially identifiable information from your report using the “Safe Harbor” method.


Anticipated Difficult Airway

“The moment the anesthesia provider said, ‘I can see the cords, please thread the tube’, the patient vomited.”

Accidental Extubation in the Prone Position

“…the patient was returned to the supine position on a stretcher. The reason for the…

Loss of Situation Awareness Leading to Fatal Hemorrhage

“As the blankets and drapes that covered the patient were pulled back to start the…

Shift in Patient Position During Surgery

“ The surgeon was having difficulty exposing the polyp and requested steeper Trendelenburg position. [The…