Thanks to anesthesia, patients can undergo essential operations without feeling pain or discomfort. But administering anesthesia does not come without risk. Anesthesia errors happen daily, sometimes with life-altering or fatal consequences. Complications range from the use of excess dosage to using the wrong type of anesthesia. But who is liable for the wrong-doing? Read on to learn more about anesthesia errors and medical malpractice liability.
What is Anesthesia?
General anesthesia is a medically-induced coma administered to relieve patients of pain during a serious operation. The drugs are typically administered intravenously or inhaled and render a patient unresponsive and unconscious. The three most common types of anesthesia include general, regional, and local. During general anesthesia, the patient is completely unconscious. Procedures that require general anesthesia typically result in significant blood loss, affect the patient’s breathing, or require a considerable amount of time. When only a portion of the body needs to be anesthetized, regional anesthesia is used. Local anesthesia is applied to one small portion of the body, commonly used during dental surgery.
Major Errors and Complications
Minor side effects such as nausea and temporary amnesia are commonly associated with anesthesia, but there are a variety of major anesthesia errors that can result in serious illness or injury. Common complications include pneumonia, brain damage due to lack of oxygen, stroke, nerve injury, blood clots, heart attack, and death.
Complications from anesthesia often arise as a result of mistakes, whether by the hospital or the anesthesiologist. Common mistakes include administering the wrong dosage, failing the properly monitor the patient, failing to monitor the delivery of oxygen to the patient, and failing to recognize complications as they develop.
If you are the victim of an anesthesia error, it’s important to contact the Law Offices of Cardaro and Peek as soon as possible.
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