Some types of surgical procedures require patients to undergo general anesthesia.
With regional anesthesia, one part of the body is numbed so surgical procedures
can be performed. General anesthesia is where patients are rendered unconscious.
For this reason, general anesthesia is riskier than regional anesthesia.
Nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists can make mistakes that may kill
or catastrophically injure patients during general anesthesia. Common
anesthesia errors include:
Giving too much, too little, or the wrong kind of anesthesia: Anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists may give patients an excessive
amount of one or more anesthetics. In other cases, they may inject the
wrong type of anesthetic. An overdose could cause catastrophic injuries
or death. If patients do not receive enough anesthesia, they may be at
risk of waking up during surgery.
Failing to monitor patients: Vital signs must be carefully monitored during general anesthesia. Hospital
staff must be able to quickly identify and treat any complications that
may arise. Patients can die or suffer catastrophic injuries if they are
not carefully monitored.
Improper endotracheal intubation: If breathing tubes are not correctly inserted into the esophagus, then
a patient can suffer multiple types of injuries or death.
Failing to provide preop instructions: Patients must be given important instructions before their operations.
For example, if patients are not warned to avoid eating or drinking before
their surgeries, they can suffer complications.
Surgical fires: Oxygen can ignite if it comes too close to hot surgical equipment. Patients
can suffer burns as a result. According to the FDA, there are 550 to 650
surgical fires each year.
Can I File a Lawsuit for Anesthesia Errors?
These are only a few examples of
medical mistakes that can occur during general anesthesia. Patients can also be harmed
by defective equipment. Depending on the circumstances, multiple parties
can be liable for patient injuries or deaths caused by anesthesia errors.
Patients or their family members should speak with a medical malpractice
attorney to discover which parties are liable.
Washington DC medical malpractice lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can investigate your claim at no cost. Our
attorneys have helped victims of medical malpractice recover millions
of dollars in settlements or verdicts.