Undergoing anesthesia is something that nearly every one of us will experience during our lifetime, whether it’s during a routine dental procedure, a planned surgery, or an emergency and life-saving operation. And while anesthesia is one of the healthcare industry’s greatest innovations, it can also be one of the most dangerous.
What are Common Anesthesia Errors?
According to scientific study, about 65 percent of anesthesiologist mistakes occur during a surgical procedure. Because anesthesiologists are responsible not only for determining dosage and administering medication but also for ensuring proper care after anesthesia, there are various opportunities at which errors can be made.
The most common types of mistakes made by anesthesiologists include:
- Failing to administer the correct dosage to the patient (including giving a patient too much or too little anesthesia)
- Providing anesthesia to a patient with a severe allergy
- Not considering potential drug interactions
- Using defective medical devices during the anesthetization process
- Incorrectly intubating the patient
- Delayed anesthesia administration
- Poor product labeling
- Not monitoring the patient during and after surgery
- Failing to pinpoint complications before they become worse
- Not properly monitoring oxygen delivery during anesthesia
- Not giving the patient proper instructions for surgery preparation
Sadly, many patients die as a result of anesthesia injuries, which is why malpractice cases are taken very seriously. There are many other potential complications that arise after anesthesia errors, including:
- Brain injury
- Heart attack
- Congenital disabilities
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Awareness of pain during surgery
As noted above, a common anesthesia injury is awareness during the surgical procedure, often referred to as “anesthesia awareness.” In these cases, too little anesthesia (or delayed anesthesia) can cause the patient to wake up or feel pain during surgery. During this terrifying experience, a patient cannot move or communicate but is capable of feeling all surgery pain and the inability to breathe normally. Anesthesia awareness can cause long-term emotional and psychological damage, resulting in issues such as:
- Sleep disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Panic and anxiety disorders
- Extreme fear of medical settings, which may lead to future avoidance of proper healthcare
Anesthesia is an extremely common element of many medical procedures, but it is not without risk. There’s a reason that anesthesiologists are required to successfully complete extensive education and training – even the smallest error in anesthesia administration can prove disastrous, resulting in extreme injury or even death.
Unfortunately, many patients suffer as a result of anesthesia errors, leaving them with life-altering issues. In these cases, an anesthesia malpractice case can be a critical step in obtaining proper compensation for medical expenses, unemployment, decreased quality of life, and more.
What to Do if You or a Loved One Has Been Injured by Anesthesia Malpractice
If you or a loved one is facing injuries caused by anesthesia, you need a legal advocate on your side. Unfortunately, healthcare providers and facilities don’t always have your best interests at heart – especially when there’s an issue of malpractice.
It’s important to immediately contact an attorney to ensure proper compensation for:
- Medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Long-term disability
- Loss of wages
- Burial expenses
- Loss of quality of life
Trust Your Anesthesia Malpractice Case to Palmer Law
Do you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering as a result of anesthesia malpractice? Although these cases can often be difficult to prove, the anesthesia malpractice attorneys at Palmer Law have the experience and skill to help you achieve the best possible results.
For more information about how to claim your rightful compensation after an anesthesia injury, contact Palmer Law today.