Anesthesia is given to patients to alleviate pain, however, in some cases it could end up having the opposite effect. Anesthesia errors may have disastrous consequences, time and again, the media has highlighted cases of patients who woke up during surgery and this can be a traumatizing experience. Errors may occur when administering anesthesia due to a preventable mistake or professional negligence. An anesthesia error claim is made when a patient suffers negative consequences as a result of an error made in administering anesthesia. There are several errors related to anesthesia that could provide grounds for suing medical practitioners.
Anesthesia and Surgery Errors
- Dosage error: this may happen if the product is not properly labeled and the medical practitioner administers the wrong dosage. A dosage error can also occur if the anesthesiologist gives a patient little or an overdose of the anesthesia.
- Delayed anesthesia delivery: this error can be as a result of syringe-swapping, vaporizer leakage, IV errors and other complications that could arise from the onset of the surgery.
- Intubation errors: during surgery, the doctor will intubate the patient so as to ensure that they breathe safely during the surgery. If the anesthesiologist makes a mistake during intubation, then this could cause an injury.
- Negligence of the patient during surgery- when surgery is being performed, the anesthesiologist should monitor the patient so as to assess their level of consciousness. They should look out for any signs of distress or discomfort.
- Pulse oximeter errors: The pulse oximeter is used during surgery to monitor oxygen levels. The level of oxygen in the blood of the patient is a vital sign during surgery. The oximeter has an alarm that alerts the doctors when the oxygen level falls. If a medical professional turns it off, vital signs may be missed resulting in distress or injury.
- Communication errors: errors in communication can either occur before, during or after the surgery. A possible scenario is a failure by the medical practitioners to give the patient instructions on what to eat or drink before or after the procedure.
Anesthesia errors could have grave consequences for the patients.
- Tinnitus (ringing noise)
- Dizziness, blurred vision or confusion
- Abnormal pulse or heart arrhythmia
- Blood pressure complications
- Nerve, artery and vein damage
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Seizures and stroke
- Brain or organ damage
- Birth defects
- Malignant hyperthermia
- Coma and death
Legal recourses are available for people who have suffered under anesthesia errors due to preventable mistakes or professional negligence. A personal injury attorney can represent you in an anesthesia error claim. Contact Bryan Caulfield today to get started on your case!