There are some medical procedures that require you to be sedated for a period of time. When this happens, an anesthesiologist is responsible for administering the proper dosage of anesthesia and monitoring it throughout the procedure. Unfortunately, there is always a risk for error and complications during medical procedures and it’s good to be informed just in case. Here are four common anesthesia mistakes.
It is important to give the patient the correct dosage of anesthesia, which varies depending on the procedure. Medication dosing errors are typically caused by inadequate experience levels or carelessness. If negligence was the reason for the dosing error, it could become a case of medical malpractice.
This is one of the more common anesthesia mistakes and also tend to be rather minor. An anesthesiologist may make the mistake of filling out the patient’s anesthesia record before the procedure is over. Another common error is providing unclear documentation regarding the purpose of post-op pain management for the patent. These errors tend to cause more problems with billing than anything else.
Part of an anesthesiologist’s job is to manage the patient’s pain after the procedure is over. They have to find a balance between controlling the pain and preventing side effects from occurring as a result of the medication. This makes timing important when it comes to administering the drugs to patients.
Fluid regulation is an important element of an anesthesiologist’s job and must be monitored at all times throughout a surgical procedure.. Improper fluid regulation can cause high blood pressure, breathing issues, headaches, and can prevent the patient from reacting to the drug properly. These anesthesia mistakes can be detrimental to a patient.
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