Anesthesia is administered to patients who undergo a surgical procedure. Anesthesia puts the patient in a sleep-like state so he or she does not feel any pain or experience the emotional trauma of witnessing a surgery. While anesthesia is generally considered to be safe, there are many risks and complications that can arise when anesthetics are not administered properly due to negligence of the anesthesiologist.
It is estimated that one in every 200,000 patients die because of complications from anesthesia. More suffer moderate to severe complications as a result of improper administration of anesthesia.
Anesthesia errors can occur because of many reasons. But most often, they occur because of negligence on the part of medical professionals. Most anesthesia mistakes are easily prevented. Those responsible for causing these grave errors can be held liable for the patient’s injuries, suffering or death. If you have faced serious complications or have lost a loved one to anesthesia errors, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your damages including past and future medical expenses, loss of income, disability, pain and suffering.
Some of the most common anesthesia mistakes resulting from negligence or wrongful action involve:
Dosage error: When an anesthetic is not properly labeled, it could result in the administration of an incorrect dosage. This can also happen because of the anesthesiologist’s error because he or she gave the patient too much or too little anesthesia.
Lack of proper monitoring: The anesthesiologist is responsible for monitoring patients and making sure they are not experiencing any complications or distress. If they fail to do that, it amounts to medical malpractice or negligence.
Failure to recognize stress or complications
Leaving the patient unattended
Improper or negligent administration of oxygen during surgery
Drug or alcohol use: If the anesthesiologist is impaired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time he or she administers the anesthesia, it amounts to negligence, medical malpractice and unprofessional conduct.
Some of the consequences of anesthesia errors include tracheal damage, asphyxia because of inadequate oxygen supply, birth defects, brain damage including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, coma and death. There are also cases where serious harm can occur when a patient is awake during surgery. This state is known as anesthesia awareness when a patient seems as if he or she is under, but is still very much awake and aware of what is going on.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury because of an anesthesia error,
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