Undergoing a surgical procedure of any kind has its risks, and usually invokes anxiety among patients, no matter how routine the operation is perceived. Once you enter the hospital for a procedure, you feel confident that the medical professionals around you are accomplished in their field, and ready to make you whole again. The last thing on your mind is settling into an operating room to adjust a malady, only to become the victim of anesthesia errors.
Anesthesia is delivered in three categories: Local, Regional and General. Local anesthesia is the safest type, and focuses on a certain segment of the body that is being attended to. General anesthesia is the riskiest version, and is one that is delivered throughout the body. Anesthesia administration can dictate your health and safety during an operation, which is why the medical community divides those duties into a completely different practice. The doctor performing your surgery will not be the physician who administers the anesthesia, which is why it is so important that your medical team is working together to understand your needs fully.
Anesthesia, and the effects of its administration, can determine the success of the surgery’s outcome, and determine the overall well-being of the individual who is undergoing the procedure. When there is an error in the administration, length of efficacy or overall effects on the person who has received the dose, the outcome can result in severe injury or even death.
Types of Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia errors can result in serious injury, which can be the result of a number of medical malpractice sources. When the anesthesiologist or his or her staff creates a critical error in administration, serious harm can result.
Some, but not all, anesthesia errors include:
- Administering Anesthesia that Results in an Allergic Reaction
- Failure to Administer the Proper Dose of Anesthesia, Causing the Patient to Feel Discomfort, Pain or Awaken During Surgery
- Failure to Maintain Proper Oxygen Levels During the Operation
- Failure to Monitor the Patient’s Vitals Properly or Consistently
- Failure to Recognize Complications as they Occur
- Failure to Review the Overall Restrictions of the Anesthesia Prior to Surgery
- Faulty or Ill-maintained Equipment Use by the Anesthesiologist
- Intubation Errors
- Medication Interaction between the Patient’s Current Dosage and the Anesthesia Applied
- Poor Pre-operative Instructions Halting Food & Beverage Intake
- Prolonged Anesthetic Administration
Any of these anesthesia errors can cause grave harm the individual undergoing surgery. In a number of cases where these errors are documented, the following consequences can be life altering.
Common Consequences of Anesthesia Errors
- Brain Damage Caused by Lack of Oxygen
- Trachea (windpipe) Damage from Improper Intubation
- Damage to the Vascular System & Heart
- Birth Injuries to Children Whose Mother was Improperly Anesthetized
- Spinal Cord Damage from Improper Application
An anesthesiologist that is involved in any medical capacity plays a critical role in the patient’s well-being, just as the operating physician does while performing the surgery. The physician who is removing your appendix, or re-connecting bones or tissue, can only do his or her job effectively if the anesthesiologist performs theirs correctly.
Anesthesia errors can have serious, even fatal, consequences, and if you or someone you love has been victimized by poor anesthesia administration, it is important that you contact the accomplished attorneys at Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter. Our attorneys are available for free consultations to discuss your case fully, and help you understand how to move forward with legal action against your anesthesiologist, should you or a loved one been injured as a result of poor administration.