Undergoing anesthesia is common when undergoing surgery and represents one of the great medical achievements of our age. Despite its profound effect on practical medicine, anesthesia, like other medical procedures, is not without risks. Today we’ll examine a few errors that can occur regarding the use of anesthesia.
In order to undergo anesthesia, a patient must be given a dosage based on multiple factors. Much like other medication errors, failure to properly dose anesthesia can result in severe complications for a patient, such as waking up during surgery. Some possible causes for anesthesia dosage errors include:
- Failure to be familiar with the equipment and dosage device(s)
- Inadequate experience
- Carelessness or inattentiveness to the patient and/or process
Medical staff are encouraged and expected to speak up if they feel any of the above scenarios are possible during an operation.
One of the more common errors is a documentation error. Documentation errors include unclear description of post-operative pain management or completing end of surgery documentation before the surgery has fully concluded.
Failing to document the surgeon’s prescribed post-operative pain management properly can result in a patient’s pain being mistreated or a failure to diagnose a follow-up condition. As a result, these open up the possibility of malpractice.
Operation of IV Mechanisms
Anesthesia is often administered via an IV. Correctly regulating anesthesia is crucial to the success of a surgery. Incorrect intravenous fluid administration or regulation can occur in a few possible ways:
- Too much fluid, or fluid overload, can result in high blood pressure, head pains, or anxiety
- Too little fluid can result in the proper anesthetic effect not occurring and leaving the patient in a truly undesirable state if before a surgery
- Improper post-operative cleanup
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