Anesthesia is administered routinely to patients undergoing surgery. Anesthesia causes partial or complete loss of sensation with or without loss of conscious. It puts patients to sleep for a surgery, so that we feel no pain. Daily in hospitals across America anesthesia is administered properly to patients. As an experienced Chicago medical malpractice law firm, we realize that unfortunately, in some cases mistakes or errors can occur. The results of an error in the administration of anesthesia can be minor or catastrophic leading to life- long disability or death.
produces a medically controlled coma. The patient has a complete loss of consciousness.
or commonly called an epidural is anesthesia. A local anesthetic is injected into the peridural space. It is typically used for surgery of the lower body and commonly used in childbirth.
or nerve blocks produces anesthesia by injecting an anesthetic into a nerve to temporarily block signals of pain to areas within the brain.
is the pharmaceutical inhibition of nerve impulses. It is typically used for numbing the skin.
Anesthesia Errors or Mistakes
Anesthesia errors can be made by many different health care providers. It can be anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, registered nurse, pharmacist or other health care providers. The majority of anesthesia errors involve the failure to evaluate the patient properly before surgery and failure to properly monitor the patient during surgery.
Common Anesthesia Mistakes Include
- Medication errors- such as failure to administer the proper dose.
- Failure to obtain past medical history of a anesthesia allergy
- Failure to recognize drug interactions
- Failing to properly monitor patient during surgery and respond to complications
- Failing to provide proper medical care
The consequences of anesthesia errors can take a variety of forms, including:
- Brain damage or injury
- Spinal cord trauma or paralysis
- Heath attack
- Pain during surgery
The result of anesthesia errors or mistakes can be life changing and catastrophic. When errors occur due to a health care provider's negligence, injured patients have a right to be compensated for their damages. Consulting with an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney can be crucial in determining if the anesthesia error was medical malpractice. If you believe that you or a loved one has experienced serious injury or death as result of an anesthesia mistake or medical malpractice, contact us today.
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