A 68-year-old woman is having minor elective eye surgery performed at a free-standing surgi-center. About 5 to 10 patients undergo various procedures each morning. She is next in line for surgery and has just been given pre-operative medications. Five minutes later, the nurse comes into the room where she is lying and discovers that she is not breathing. A crash cart and defibrillator for advanced cardiac life support are not available, so the nurse and doctor use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and external chest compressions, but to no avail. At autopsy, the patient is found to have about 30% coronary atherosclerosis with 20% narrowing, a 300 gm heart, mild pulmonary emphysema, and minimal hepatic steatosis. A toxicology screen is negative for drugs of abuse and yields only traces of the medications used prior to surgery. Which of the following statements regarding this death is most accurate?
This is a therapeutic misadventure