Is Anesthesia Safe For New York Seniors?

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A recent article published in the German Medical Association's international science journal, Deutsches Ärzteblatt, has disturbing findings for patients in the United States and around the world. According to the findings of the study, the rate of anesthesia-related fatalities is increasing worldwide after decades of decline.

Why the sudden increase in anesthesia-related deaths?

The study indicates that the increase in anesthesia-related deaths is due to the number of people aged 65 and older who are being operated on while under general anesthesia. Heart problems, high blood pressure and other medical issues commonly afflicting older people can make anesthesia more risky.

The steps taken during and after surgery may be critically important for older patients. For example, it is very important that the patient be carefully monitored during surgery and that anesthesia be adjusted according to the patient's needs. Additionally, since as many as 1 in 10 patients may be negatively affected by anesthesia for up to one year after administration of the drugs, it is important that medical staff take steps such as getting the patient moving again and breathing on his or her own as soon as possible after surgery.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by an anesthesia error, it is important that you learn about your legal rights. Please contact a New York medical malpractice attorney today at 1-800-PAGAN-911. The experienced New York medical malpractice lawyers of The Pagan Law Firm would be pleased to provide you a free consultation.

*Source: Under the Knife: Study Shows Rising Death Rates from General Anesthesia, Time, August 4, 2011

Read More About Anesthesia Errors in our FREE Library Article: Should You Be Afraid of Anesthesia in a New York Hospital? 

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