Tampa Anesthesia Errors
Surgery is scary for many people and they try to avoid it at all costs. Not only are there incisions involved, but also anesthesia. Anesthesia can be risky in a number of ways. Choosing the right medication and dosage based on the patient’s medical history is not an easy process.
There are several types of anesthesia. Local anesthesia allows a patient to be conscious and generally results in mild side effects. With general anesthesia, though, the patient is unconscious and the entire body is affected. The risk of complications is much higher.
What this means is that anesthesia is not harmless. There is some level of risk involved when undergoing surgery that requires anesthesia. If the anesthesiologist is negligent and fails to monitor the patient, the patient can suffer serious complications and even death.
Have you or a loved one suffered damages due to anesthesia errors? If so, contact the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson to see if you have a valid legal claim.
Common Anesthesia Errors
A patient can suffer injuries from the following anesthesia errors:
- Anesthesia dosage error
- Delayed delivery of anesthesia
- Failure to monitor patient
- Failure to respond to anesthesia complications
- Prolonged sedation
- Faulty/defective equipment
- Failure to intubate
Consequences of Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia errors can result in various consequences, which depend on the type of mistake made and how the medical team handles it. The most common injuries include:
- Heart attack
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain damage
- Damage to the trachea
There is also a scary situation called anesthesia awareness. This often occurs when the patient is given too little anesthesia. This can cause the patient to be somewhat conscious during the procedure. They may be able to see and hear everything that is going on. They may even be able to feel pain but unable to speak, which can be a horrifying experience, to say the least. Anesthesia awareness can cause lasting emotional issues, including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and sleep problems.
What Causes Anesthesia Errors?
Anesthesia errors can happen any time before, during, or after the surgery. They can be caused by the anesthesiologist failing to review all the patient’s medical records. This can result in the patient receiving drugs that they are allergic to, which can cause injury or death. They may also receive drugs that cause negative interactions.
Improper follow-up care can also cause anesthesia errors. Patients need to be monitored throughout the process, even after the surgery is done. If a patient is under anesthesia for too long, they can suffer respiratory problems and a lack of oxygen to the brain, resulting in brain damage and death.
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Surgery is always risky, especially when anesthesia is involved. Too little or too much anesthesia can cause serious complications and even death.
Anesthesia errors may result in financial compensation. If you suffered damages due to an anesthesiologist’s negligence, contact the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson right away to understand your legal rights. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call 813-251-0072.