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Anesthesia errors are a form of medical malpractice when they occur due to medical professional’s negligence or preventable mistake. In law, anesthesia error claims occur when a patient experiences unnecessary harm as a result of errors in administering anesthesia. Anesthesia errors can be performed by a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, or other medical staff members who administer anesthetic drugs to a patient.
If you, or someone you love suffered because of negligently administered anesthesia, it is in your best interest to contact a skilled medical malpractice attorney, to protect your rights. The Carlson Law Firm offers free consultations.
In significant surgical procedures, qualified anesthesiologists and other personnel may be required to be present at all times. In many operations, the patient’s oxygenation, ventilation, circulation, and temperature must be continually evaluated to ensure that all vital signs are normal. Failure to do so may be considered negligence and grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What Is Anesthesia?
The term anesthesia refers to a temporary, medically-induced state that causes any combination of amnesia, inability to feel pain, loss of skeletal muscle reflexes, loss of responsiveness, and decreased stress response. Administration of anesthetics may involve one or more types of drug, depending on the desired effect.
Anesthesia is most often used before medical procedures, such as surgery. As a result, patients do not experience the pain or distress that they might experience if they were conscious or receptive to sensation. It is estimated that anesthetic drugs are administered roughly 40 million times per year.
Types of anesthesia include:
General anesthesia, during which the patient is rendered unconscious
Spinal and epidural anesthesia, which is delivered through injection near the spinal cord
Local anesthesia to numb a specific bodily area, such as the urinary bladder or a tooth
Regional anesthesia to numb larger areas of the body, such as an entire arm or leg
Dissociative anesthesia, which causes a “trance-like” state of consciousness
Anesthesia malpractice can include:
Provision of anesthesia without a full evaluation
Anesthesia dosage errors
Delayed delivery of anesthesia
Failure to properly monitor vital signs
Failure to recognize and treat complications
Patient left unattended
Improper use of equipment
Medication and drug errors
Epidural catheter complications
Injuries at the anesthesia site
Effects of Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia errors may result in:
Dizziness, confusion, and blurred vision
Tinnitus, or a ringing noise in the ears
Heart arrhythmia, or abnormal pulse
Brain or organ damage
Heart function problems
Coma and death
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you were injured or lost a loved one because of a surgeon, anesthesiologist or other healthcare provider, you have limited time to act to preserve your claim. Please call us today to learn more about your options and to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.