Errors in Administering Anesthesia
Anesthesia accidents occur as a result of negligence on the part of the anesthesiologist or other health care professionals involved in a procedure. Negligence in anesthesia administration can occur at any point in the patient’s relationship with a medical facility, and can result from poor record keeping, an improper evaluation of a patient, or during the procedure itself. Common errors in anesthesia administration include:
- Failure to provide the patient with proper pre-anesthesia instructions, such as not eating or not drinking before surgery;
- Administering anesthesia to a patient who is allergic;
- Giving a patient too much anesthesia;
- Mixing the anesthesia with a drug that should not be mixed with anesthesia, thereby creating a harmful drug interaction;
- Administering too little anesthesia, thereby elevating the risk for the patient to move during the surgical procedure and cause the surgeon to slip;
- Administering anesthesia too late into the procedure;
- Failure to monitor the patient while on anesthesia;
- Failure to properly administer oxygen throughout the procedure;
- Using defective or unclean medical devices during administration;
- Inadequately labeling of the drugs administered.
Should any of the above errors occur and injury result as a consequence, the anesthesiologist and all involved medical staff may be held accountable for medical negligence.
Injuries that Occur as a Result of Anesthesia Errors
The most common injuries that occur as a result of an anesthesia accident include:
- Awareness of and/or pain during surgery
- Heart attack;
- Birth defects;
- Brain Injury;
- Nerve damage;
- Spinal cord injury;
- Soft tissue damage;
- Coma; and
Anesthesia Medical Malpractice Claim
Many individuals welcome anesthesia with open arms in the face of surgery, but if they knew just how dangerous anesthesia could be, they would be a little more hesitant to allow the anesthesiologist to come near them. While the death rate for anesthesia accidents is relatively low – at about seven deaths for every one million anesthesia patients – the number of deaths within a year of receiving anesthesia are frighteningly high, at one in 20. In the over 65 age group, the number is even higher, at one in 10.
Because anesthesia malpractice does have such severe consequences, the payouts for each claim are relatively large, with the average payment to victims of anesthesia medical malpractice being $150,000.
In order to file an anesthesia medical malpractice claim, however, you must be able to provide proof of the following:
- That the anesthesiologist and/or medical personnel had a duty of care to the patient;
- That the anesthesiologist and/or medical personnel breached their duty of care; and
- That the claimed injuries were a direct result of the breach of that duty.
At Johnston Law Firm, P.C., our anesthesia malpractice attorney can help you prove negligence and obtain your full financial compensation for injuries sustained, including payment for:
- Your medical bills;
- Long term care;
- Mental impairment;
- Permanent disability;
- Decreased earning capacity;
- Lost wages; and
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