Errors in administering anesthesia may have terrible repercussions for the victim and family. The anesthesiologist has a vital role during surgery. When people do the job well, they make sure a patient receives the correct dosage of anesthesia and wakes after surgery without complications.
However, when an anesthesiologist makes mistakes, a patient may suffer lifelong injury. If you are suffering because of an anesthesia error, you may have a case for malpractice and need to file a medical assessment.
Types of anesthesia
There are three main types of anesthesia that you may receive during a procedure, which include general, regional and local. While local and regional do not render you unconscious, general anesthesia has the most potential for severe complications that may leave a patient with serious injuries, especially if medical malpractice occurs.
Errors of the anesthesiologist
Anesthesiologists need to give their patients the proper care. Such health care professionals not only handle administering anesthesia and fluids, but they also monitor your body’s vitals during surgery. This includes observing blood pressure, heart rate and breathing to ensure there are no complications.
Potential errors from anesthesia negligence include:
- Mistakes during intravenous insertion
- Poor intubation during endotracheal tube insertion
- Inadequate patient monitoring during surgery
Repercussions from errors
Failure to administer anesthesia correctly may result in severe damage to the patient. If an anesthesiologist does not give a patient the correct amount of anesthesia or provide adequate monitoring during surgery, it may result in a lack of oxygen to the brain.
Damage from a lack of oxygen has the potential to cause issues with motor skills, brain damage, seizures, strokes or coma. Also, if they position a patient incorrectly, it may cause restricted blood flow and nerve damage.
If an anesthesiologist makes an error when intubating a patient, the results may include nerve damage to the esophagus, trachea perforation or vocal cord paralysis. These conditions may severely impact a patient’s quality of life.