Anesthesia is a type of medication that provides an individual with the inability to feel pain, decreases stress response, losses muscle reflexes, and causes a loss in responsiveness temporarily to allow the opportunity to perform a procedure. The administration of the anesthesia depends on what procedure is being done and what the patient has elected. Sometimes, the patient will have the ability to decide whether they would want to be awake for the procedure or not, depending on what type of surgery is going to be performed like a C-section.
About 40 million procedures involving anesthetic drugs are administered every year. This means that there are 40 million windows of opportunity for an error to be committed. An anesthesiologist requires extensive training and education in order to administer drugs to a patient. Many people have the misconception that the job of an anesthesiologist is simple, they are just injecting a patient with a drug, right? Although that may be true, it requires much more technique and knowledge than simply injecting a person.
In order to properly administer anesthesia, the anesthesiologist must know exactly where to inject the medication, how much to give according to the procedure and patient’s medical chart, know how to monitor the patient while they are under the anesthetic drug, and follow-up with them after the procedure has been done. A simple slip can be the cause for an individual to be left paralyzed after the procedure. The Tampa medical malpractice lawyers in Tampa focus on medical malpractice cases in every aspect of the medical field, including errors during anesthesia.
Main Anesthetic Errors Performed
Anesthesia can be given in various forms including spinal, epidural, local, general, regional, and dissociative anesthesia. Through any of these means, an error can surface. Here are some of the main errors that are committed during the administration of anesthesia:
- Defective equipment
- Giving the patient too much of the anesthetic drug/s
- Giving the patient too little of the anesthetic drug/s
- Providing the anesthesia too late or too soon
- Providing the patient with the incorrect anesthetic drug
- Not preventing anesthetic interactions
- Not analyzing the patient’s allergies
- Not instructing patients before the procedure
- Not monitoring the patient
- Not providing adequate oxygen during the anesthesia
The effects of an anesthetic mistake can leave long-lasting effects like birth defects, coma, brain damage, paralysis, nerve damage, and asphyxia, just to name a few. The job of an anesthesiologist requires perfection and meticulous work.
Anesthesia Mistakes Can be Grounds for a Medical Malpractice
In almost every surgical procedure, a patient will require some form of anesthesia. Because of its requirement, the administration and preparation of the anesthesia should be given great attention. When a patient suffers injuries due to an error during the administration of the anesthetic drug, they can seek legal action against the hospital or anesthesiologist with the help of an anesthetic error lawyer from Percy Martinez’s law firm in Tampa.