Anesthesia is administered during minor and major surgeries, commonly used to induce a reversible loss of consciousness and analgesia. When anesthesia is administered correctly, the patient is unable to feel pain during the surgical procedure. He or she may experience negative side effects of proper anesthesia such as dizziness, but serious harm should not occur. Unfortunately, anesthesia errors as a result of medical malpractice can cause long-term injuries and even death.
Types of Anesthesia
Different types of anesthesia are used depending on the specific procedure. Local anesthesia commonly involves injecting a medication into the tissue to numb a specific area and is typically administered for removing stitches. Regional anesthesia is used to block pain sensations from a specific area of the body, such as an epidural used to reduce pain during pregnancy. Conscious sedation involves medication that relaxes a patient without rendering them unconscious. Medical professionals administer general anesthesia so the patient is unconscious during surgery and cannot feel the procedure being performed.
Preventable Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia mistakes occur for many reasons such as professional negligence, improper training, lack of qualified personnel present, or failure to review a patient’s medical history. Examples of preventable anesthesia errors include but are not limited to administering too much anesthesia, administering too little anesthesia, and failing to monitor the patient properly.
Anesthesia mistakes can cause minor injuries and discomfort, but they can also lead to irreversible damage and even death. Common consequences associated with anesthesia mistakes include brain damage, stroke, and cardiac arrest. If you or a loved one has experienced medical negligence as a result of an anesthesia error, call The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek today.
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