Most people think of medical malpractice incidents like surgical errors as being the direct fault of the surgeon. However, an anesthesiologist plays a critical role in the patient’s well-being. If anesthesiology errors occur, it can lead to devastating consequences. Here is what you need to know about anesthesia mistakes.
Often, during an operation, the job of an anesthesiologist is to put the patient in an unconscious or semi-conscious state to prevent any pain. The anesthesiologist is responsible for administering the appropriate dosage and also monitor and manage the patient’s vital signs and oxygen intake.
Here are a few of the likely anesthesia mistakes that come from medical malpractice. If the anesthesiologist fails to monitor the patient’s condition during the procedure, the patient could suffer injuries or even wrongful death. The anesthesiologist also needs to properly intubate the patient, which requires the correct placement of the oxygen tube. The length of the surgery and the size of the patient are factors that influence the dosage. An anesthesiologist needs to keep these factors in mind to prevent giving the wrong dosage. A dosage error could cause the patient to wake up during surgery or cause their vitals to shut down.
The damage done as a result of anesthesia errors varies. The most typical injuries that can occur as a result of anesthesia mistakes include tracheal damage from intubation errors, oxygen deprivation and asphyxia, cardiovascular injuries like heart attacks and strokes, and brain injury, coma, or death.
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