Anesthesia has become a common element in many medical procedures.
However, it remains a potentially dangerous medical technique because it involves deliberately suppressing many of the body’s natural functions, including breathing and heart rate. If improperly performed, anesthesia errors can result in:
Waking during a procedure causing pain and emotional trauma
Choking or aspiration of fluid during anesthesia
These can lead to additional medical expenses, permanent disability, or the loss of a loved one.
Causes of Anesthesia Errors
Most anesthesia errors are preventable types of medical malpractice. They may be due to:
Failure to employ an anesthetist
Failure to monitor patient during anesthesia
Failure to identify risk factors before anesthesia
Improper administration, overdose, or underdose of anesthesia
Failure to explain procedure and its risks to patients
Mislabeling of anesthesia and related drugs or promotion for off-label uses
When this type of medical malpractice occurs, victims may be able to get compensation for injuries.
Outpatient Centers of Concern
Outpatient centers are increasingly being used for surgery and other procedures. This includes not only elective medical procedures, like cosmetic surgery, but necessary ones like orthoscopic and other endoscopic surgeries. Doctors who use outpatient centers may not employ the proper staff or have proper procedures in place to handle anesthesia-related complications.
If you or a loved one has suffered an anesthesia error, you may be able to get compensation.