Anesthesia Errors and Medical Malpractice: 5 Facts to Know (Pt. 2)
June 11, 2014
Continuing from Anesthesia Errors and Medical Malpractice: 5 Facts to Know (Pt. 1), here we will continue to discuss some important facts about how anesthesia mistakes can lead to injuries and, in turn, be the basis of medical malpractice claims.
Fact 2 – Negligent or incompetent medical professionals can cause anesthesia errors.
When it comes to administering anesthesia, medical professionals (usually nurses, doctors and/or anesthesiologists) can:
- Give patients too much or too little of the anesthesia
- Can give patients the wrong drug
- May fail to consider a patient’s allergies or other medical conditions that could affect the dosing of the anesthesia.
While such anesthesia errors can occur because medical professionals are inexperienced, they may also take place when these individuals are behaving negligent because, for instance:
- They are not paying attention to what they are doing.
- They fail to carefully read a patient’s medical report and/or ask the patient specific questions about their health.
- They are exhausted (due to pulling back-to-back shifts).
Regardless of why or how the anesthesia errors occur, the bottom line here is that the negligent medical professional can be held liable for compensating injured patients when these mistakes take place.
Fact 3 – Anesthesia errors can lead to permanent or even fatal injuries.
Tragically, anesthesia errors can have severe, irreversible and potentially fatal impacts on patients. In fact, as researchers at Columbia University found, of all of the various types of injuries that patients can develop due to anesthesia errors, respiratory problems are among the most common.
When breathing problems arise due to mistakes made with the administration of anesthesia, far more serious problems – like brain injuries and death – may occur if the initial error and the breathing complication goes untreated (or if it takes too long for medical professionals to diagnose these complications).
Don’t miss the conclusion of this blog for some final important facts you should know when it comes to anesthesia errors and medical malpractice claims.
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