What Is Anesthesia Malpractice?
Anesthesia is administered routinely every day in hospitals, doctors’ offices, dentists’ offices and other medical facilities throughout the country. It is a critical part of surgery and many other medical procedures, and the failure to properly administer, monitor and maintain anesthesia can have devastating consequences. Anesthesia negligence can include the failure to follow prescribed precautions; improper usage or monitoring of sedatives, the failure of alarm devices or monitoring devices; the failure to monitor a patient’s blood pressure, respiration or pulse; or the failure to properly place a patient’s breathing tubes.
There are four major types of anesthesia-general, spinal, regional, and local. Malpractice can occur during the administration of any of them.
General anesthesia is commonly used to put patients into a semi-conscious state, to prevent memory formation and to relax the body during a procedure. However, more and more cases of anesthesia malpractice are arising due to the wrongful administering of the medication, a mistake that can lead to cases of cerebral palsy, stroke and even death.
Spinal anesthesia (commonly referred to as epidural) is generally used for surgery involving the lower body, abdomen or pelvis and is often used during labor. Spinal anesthesia negligence can include using the wrong drug, or administering the wrong amount of a drug. Errors can also include failing to identify or address bleeding into the spinal canal (which can cause paralysis or trauma to the spinal cord or nerve roots), epidural hematoma, spinal cord infraction, meningitis and epidural abscess.
Regional anesthesia includes nerve block injections where anesthetic drugs are injected near a nerve to temporarily block pain signals to the brain. Regional anesthesia negligence can result from a needle being negligently inserted directly into the nerve.
Local anesthesia usually involves the numbing of the skin and the subcutaneous tissues. Negligence involving local Anesthesia can cause allergic reactions and skin damages as well as long-term coma and brain damage.
In addition, thousands of people each year experience anesthesia awareness, a condition where they are awake but unable to move or communicate their pain to the doctor.
When the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist are negligent and make a mistake during surgery, the patient can experience severe pain, and may be left with post traumatic stress disorder, brain damage or other devastating injuries, coma or death.
Most people tend to think that anesthesia malpractice only takes place in the operating room; however, this isn’t always the case. Anesthesia malpractice can happen while the patient is being prepared for surgery, after surgery and even while a patient is in the recovery room. It can also take place during childbirth and during even the simplest of dental procedures.
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