Anesthesia Errors

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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

Equipment failure

Improper use of equipment

Medication and drug errors

Pulmonary aspiration

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.

Contact The Carlson Law Firm today.