Anesthesia enables doctors to conduct surgeries and medical procedures and helps reduce pain and discomfort for patients. Still, the administration of anesthesia requires trained anesthesiologists to monitor drug effects on patients. Sometimes, during the administration of anesthesia, errors can occur.
A recent study published in a medical journal found that a drug administration error was reported for every 133 administrations of anesthetic. As a result, patients can be harmed.
How do anesthesia errors occur?
There are several ways in which anesthesia errors can occur.
- Too much anesthesia.
- Delays in administering anesthesia.
- Administering an insufficient amount of anesthesia.
- Delivering anesthesia that a patient is allergic to.
- Administering the wrong type of anesthesia.
- Improperly monitoring a patient for complications after the administration of anesthesia.
- Using defective or malfunctioning equipment.
- Failing to ensure a patient is in the proper position when administering anesthesia.
- Failing to intubate.
When anesthesia mistakes are medical malpractice
Sometimes, an anesthesia error can be considered medical malpractice. If you or a loved believes you have been a victim of an anesthesia error that caused serious harm or death, you may consider consulting with an experienced attorney.