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Common Anesthesia Errors

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Would You Know What Constitutes an Anesthesia Error and What Are the Symptoms?

While anesthesia errors are less prevalent today than they were 40 years ago, they still occur in inpatient surgeries and ambulatory care settings. Some of the most common types of anesthesia errors are caused by:

  • Administering too high of an anesthesia dosage
  • Administering too small of an anesthesia dosage
  • Administering anesthesia to a patient with known allergic reactions
  • Negative reactions between anesthesia and prescription drugs the patient is taking
  • Failure to give the patient proper instructions to follow prior to administering anesthesia
  • Failure to provide adequate oxygen to a patient who is under anesthesia

How would you know whether you were the victim of an anesthesia error?

Certain severe symptoms are associated with anesthesia errors and they often include:

  • Abnormal pulse rate
  • Brain damage
  • Stroke
  • Heart not functioning properly
  • Seizures
  • Nerve damage
  • Cardiovascular collapse (sudden loss of blood flow to the brain and other organs)
  • Nerve damage
  • Malignant hypothermia (sudden rise in body temperature and muscle contractions)

If you experience any of these symptoms after surgery, it is possible that you were subjected to anesthesia errors.

What is the most common type of anesthesia error?

According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the greatest percentage of anesthesia errors is overdose of anesthetics (46.4%) followed by adverse effects of anesthetics in therapeutic use (42.5%).

Why is seeking legal representation vital in a case involving anesthesia errors?

Proving a medical malpractice case requires a high level of legal skill and access to medical experts who can provide evidence that the medical practitioner was in violation of the medical field’s standard of care. When an anesthesiologist follows standard medical guidelines but an adverse effect results, the practitioner would not be liable in a medical malpractice suit. The attorney must prove that negligence existed to have grounds for a case.

At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP , we can evaluate the details of your situation through a free initial consultation to determine your potential case.

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