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Understanding different types of anesthesia mishaps

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Patients undergoing surgery expect the proper administration of anesthesia. When this does not happen, the result could be a brain injury or another major health problem. These include heart attacks, pneumonia, and strokes.

The incorrect administration of anesthesia is a leading trigger of medical malpractice cases. Those who suffer from such errors may be dealing with the side effects for the rest of their life.

Incorrect dosage

Different surgeries and patient histories determine dosages. Knowing how much to give is vital. If there is not enough, a patient might wake up during a procedure. Too much can potentially kill someone. We count on anesthesiologists never miscalculating how much they need to administer.

Late administration

Patients must receive anesthesia before surgery commences. Failure to give an anesthetic in time could cause someone excruciating pain. Worse, doctors who recognize their errors too late are prone to overcorrecting.

Post-surgery neglect

Some anesthesiologists feel their jobs end once patients arrive in the post-care unit. In reality, individuals are still in danger of anesthetic complications. Someone could have a severe allergic reaction or suffer adverse side effects. The sedatives that surgeons use are extremely powerful. Patients may stop breathing, even after an operation. Those in charge must remain diligent about monitoring post-surgery conditions when seconds count.

These are only a few examples of how anesthesiology might go wrong. The potential for its incorrect application is vast. When this happens, it often has devastating consequences. Surgeons know the risks of being cavalier about the administration of anesthetics. Patients who experience harm due to such mistakes deserve hefty compensation.