Anesthesia errors

When visiting a hospital for an operation you expect the utmost care will be taken during your operation. Unfortunately anesthesia errors are can be  one of the most common forms of medical negligence in the United States. The administration of anesthesia calls for great precision and the expertise of the Doctor. When errors do occur, they often result in severe injuries, complications or even death.

Some of the most common anesthesia mistakes include:

  • Failure to recognize complications
  • Communication errors between staff and patient before, during or after procedure
  • Failure to properly monitor patient during the procedure
  • Dosing errors including too much or too little anesthesia
  • Anesthesia delivery delays because of IV errors, vaporizer leakage, or complications
  • Defective equipment
  • Unnecessarily prolonged sedation
  • Negligent or improper administration of oxygen
  • Drug or alcohol use by medical provider
  • Failure to avoid harmful drug interactions
  • Failure to recognize allergic patient complications
  • Injury during intubation or failure to intubate
  • Pulse oximeter turned off during procedure
  • Leaving patient unattended

When a patient is a victim of these errors the results can be catastrophic.  Injuries can include:

  • Asphyxia or inadequate oxygen supply
  • Cardiovascular injury
  • stroke or heart attack
  • Loss of bodily functions
  • Brain damage
  • Paralysis
  • spinal cord injury
  • Coma
  • Death