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Dealing With Anesthesia Errors

Over 50 million surgical operations are performed in the U.S. each year. Thanks to modern medicine anesthesia makes it possible for patients to not feel much or anything at all during a surgical procedure. Anesthesia is administered during most procedures, about 40 million times annually.

Anesthesia Complications and Results:

Although anesthesia makes it much easier to go into an operation or endure childbirth there are risks associated with anesthesia medications.  Some of those include:

Stroke
Heart Attack
Lung Infections
Vocal cord injury
Temporary Mental Confusion
Death

Also, 1 or 2 people out of every 1,000 surgical patients wake up from being “under” which may cause lasting psychological trauma.

There are specific factors that increase a patient’s risk of an anesthesia complication. It is critically important anesthesia is carefully and attentively administered and patients are thoroughly screened prior to the administration of anesthesia. However, a majority of the health risks associated with anesthesia are a result of a medical professional’s error.

Medical Professional Anesthesia Errors

Surgical staff, anesthesiologists, and any other medical professional involved in the administration of your anesthesia have a duty to provide a high standard of safe care.

The first step for a safe anesthesia experience is a proper and thorough patient screening. Although anesthesia is generally a safe option for healthy patients, there is key patient information medical staff members need to flag for risk.

Such patient information which increase the risks of anesthesia includes:

  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Medication allergies
  • Heart, lung, or kidney problems
  • High blood pressure

A patient’s age is also a risk factor. Anesthesia may be risky for elderly patients.

The next step for a safe anesthesia experience is close monitoring. Medical staff must attentively monitor a patient’s vitals while the patient is receiving anesthesia. Any adverse reaction to the medication will likely show in the patient’s vital signs—blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate. Distressed vitals require immediate patient attention.

Lastly, it is critically important an anesthesiologist or any other medical professional involved in your care does not cut corners. With 50 million operations a year, surgeons and anesthesiologist are busy. Furthermore, medical staff members form habits from repetition which may cause them to repeat certain procedures without much thought. Time-saving shortcuts or habitual procedures put anesthesia patients at risk.

Contact a Skilled Medical Malpractice Anesthesia Error Attorney Today!

Each patient may react in a slightly different way to the anesthesia being administered it is the medical professional’s duty to pay close attention and be fully aware of the risk and complications associated with the particular type of anesthetic he or she is administering.

If you or a family member were seriously injured because of an anesthesia error in Washington, contact The Hornbuckle Firm today to set up a free consultation with one of our skilled medical malpractice attorneys. We care about your health, about your safety, and about fighting for your rights.

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