A New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Knows Why Anesthesia Errors Happen

Without anesthesia many important operations would be impossible. Anesthesia is a critical part of medical care, but when it is not used correctly it can create critical injuries. While anesthesia malpractice is relatively rare, it is important to understand how preventable errors occur so that they can be avoided if possible and appropriately addressed if they do occur.

Possible Anesthesia Errors

A patient may suffer the physical consequences of anesthesia mistakes if:
  • The wrong dose of anesthesia is provided to the patient. An overdose can be lethal, and an under-dose can force a surgery or procedure to be cut short due to intolerable pain.
  • The patient's vital signs and breathing are not carefully monitored while the patient is receiving anesthesia. The failure to monitor breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate and blood pressure can prevent an anesthesiologist, nurse or other professional from realizing there is a problem and fixing it before the results are irreversible. 
  • There is a problem with the administration of anesthesia. The IV system or other medical equipment may not properly administer anesthesia and the problem may not be realized because of a failure to monitor the patient.
  • The incorrect anesthesia is used because of a mistake in the delivery of the medication or because of a failure to consider the patient's medical history including medications the patient takes and medication allergies.

The physical consequences of one of the mistakes described above may include permanent injury or death.

Contact a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney After an Anesthesia Mistake

If you or a loved one has suffered from an anesthesia error, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries or loss. Please contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for more information about your rights and potential recovery.

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