As you know, doctors commonly place patients under anesthesia in order
to block the patient from feeling pain during surgery. This is done by
administering drugs and gases on the patient to block pain sensation.
The drugs relax muscles, prevent pain, and block the patient from remembering
the event at all.
Experienced Newburgh anesthesia malpractice attorneys know that even medical professionals don’t exactly know why the
anesthetic drugs and gases produce their numbing effect. Doctors simply
know that anesthesia works to block pain and memory.
Therefore, it is easily said that the science of anesthesia is still not
completely understood. As such, it should come to no surprise that many
patients are injured when anesthesia is administered wrong. It happens
during surgery in hospitals, in dental settings, and with cosmetic surgery.
We already know that injuries occur because the science itself is not completely
understood. Other causes of
anesthesia malpractice relate to poor record keeping. If the medical records are not updated
to reflect changes in patient health, allergies, prescriptions taken by
the patient, weight changes, etc., then the patient may experience adverse
affects that could have been avoided had the medical records been kept
up to date.
Other times, medical professionals working in surgery feel rushed, or are
rushed, and they fail to recognize signs of trouble, or they administer
improper amounts of the anesthetics.
Some medical professionals haven’t been properly trained; whether
in school or on the job. Often times, the anesthesiologist is not the
only person handling the patient’s care while under anesthesia.
Technicians and nurses also play a role and the patient may not be aware
of their credentials, experience, and training.
What can happen if there is an anesthesia mistake during surgery? If the
endotracheal tube is improperly placed, nerves can become damaged and
body tissue can become torn. If too much anesthesia is given to the patient,
the patient can die. Short of death, the patient may survive a stroke
or heart attack due to
improper anesthesia administration, but with long term or permanent injuries.
Patients may suffer emotional injuries. Patients may experience post operative
panic attacks, depression, trouble sleeping, nightmares, and anxiety among
Some patients don’t receive proper anesthesia and as a result are
mentally aware of the procedure as it is occurring. This is called anesthesia
awareness. This has been known to cause post traumatic stress disorder.
Are you interested in learning more about the various types of surgical
malpractice cases? Find out more in the latest article from our experienced attorneysavailable by clicking here. Read about which risks of surgery are not really risks, but rather negligence
in this blog post here. If you are interested in learning more about operating room mistakes
and how they affect patients,
then click here for our blog post on this topic.
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