Anesthesia Errors That May Warrant a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
When you go in for surgery, you put your health and well-being in the hands of your doctor and other medical staff involved. This can result in serious injury, medical complications, and even death when physicians fails to administer anesthesia appropriately.
While anesthesia errors vary widely in nature, these 4 are the most common:
- Dosage errors: Having too little anesthesia can cause you to wake up during a procedure and regain feeling during an operation. On the other hand, too much anesthesia can result in prolonged sedation, put you into a coma, or cause damage to vital organs.
- Improper intubation: Intubation allows you to receive oxygen while you are sedated. If you are improperly intubated, you may not be able to breathe or get enough air while you are receiving surgery, which can cause brain damage and other serious injuries. You can also be seriously injured if a physician makes a mistake while inserting a tube into your airways.
- Inadequate patient monitoring: Patients sometimes experience reduced blood oxygen content and other serious issues while anesthetized, and it is a physician’s duty to continually monitor sedated patients’ vital signs so that they can respond promptly upon seeing a problem. Inadequate monitoring and related injuries can stem from silenced medical devices, failing to remain at the patient’s bedside, and failure to pick up on obvious signs of a problem.
- Poor communication with patient: When patients do not fast appropriately or physically prepare themselves for surgery, anesthesia can have strongly negative effects. This lack of preparation can be the result of a physician or medical staff member’s failure to properly communicate with the patient about whether they should abstain from eating or drinking and for how long prior to the surgery or afterward.
Hurt Because of an Anesthesia Error? Call Our Sedalia Medical Malpractice Attorneys Today.
At Kempton & Russell, we believe in sticking up for those who have been injured as a result of another person’s failure or recklessness. In cases of anesthesia errors and other forms of medical negligence, patients may experience extensive physical injuries, reduced quality of life, and new healthcare expenses totaling thousands of dollars. Our team of Sedalia medical malpractice lawyers can help you hold your doctor or hospital responsible for any errors committed which contributed to your injuries and ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
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