Anesthesia errors can lead to severe or fatal consequences. When these mistakes occur, the medical practitioner who administers or oversees the anesthetic procedure should be held accountable for their actions. As with several other medical malpractice cases, if you can prove the anesthesiologist or healthcare worker provided a less than acceptable level of professional care, which led to your injury and resulting damages, you may be able to bring a strong case of an anesthesia error. It’s imperative to work with an experienced malpractice attorney, such as those at The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, to receive compensation. Call our office to learn more about your options. Here’s what information you should know if you believe you or a loved one fell victim to an anesthesia error.
Types of Anesthesia
Anesthesia is used to manage the patient’s sensitivity or responsiveness to pain during certain medical procedures. Errors can occur when the care provider admits general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and local anesthesia. General anesthesia is where the patient is put into an unconscious or semi-conscious state. Regional anesthesia is where a part of the patient’s body is anesthetized, but the patient can be conscious. Local anesthesia is where an even smaller portion of the body is anesthetized for a procedure.
How Anesthesia Errors Occur
Anesthesia errors can occur in many ways depending on when the anesthesia administrator acted negligently: before, during, or after. Failing to check if the patient is allergic or has a past adverse response to anesthesia can be negligent behavior. The patient should receive proper instruction on how to prepare for their procedure or how to handle their post-procedure care. During the process, administering the incorrect dosage of anesthesia is a major error. Too much can cause irreversible damage, while too little can cause the patient to regain consciousness or feeling in the middle of their painful procedure. After the patient is given the drugs, the anesthesiologist should constantly be monitoring the patient, and be able to recognize and respond to any distress.
Common Resulting Injuries
If the anesthesiologist demonstrated negligence during their duty of care, the patient could end up suffering injury. Some injuries may be minor, such as nausea, mental confusion, or pain. However, more severe injuries are known to include respiratory problems, damaged nerves, blood clots, paralysis, stroke, heart attack, brain damage, and even death. If a patient survives their injuries, they can still be left with life-long health impairments.
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