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Anesthesia and Its Use

Anesthesia is the administration of a class of drugs, which allow certain medical procedures to be carried out without causing the patient pain. Anesthesia can also be administered in order to produce unconsciousness on the part of the patient so that they suffer less during any invasive or painful medical procedure. It is used quite commonly on patients young and old, and in a wide variety of procedures. These can include everything from highly invasive open-heart surgery to minor dental procedures such as a tooth extraction.

Anesthesia may be administered by a trained anesthesiologist, the doctor performing the procedure, or in some cases, a nurse anesthetist (nurse that has the ability to administer anesthesia).

Reasons Behind Anesthesia Errors

The National Institute of Health, US National Library of Medicine recently published a study on anesthesia-related mortality in the United States.

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IT WAS FOUND THAT ANESTHESIA AND ANESTHETICS WERE THE UNDERLYING CAUSE IN APPROXIMATELY 34 DEATHS AND A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN ANOTHER 281 DEATHS ANNUALLY

Anesthesia errors can be caused by a number of factors including defective equipment and negligent hospital staff. In such a case, the patient or a member of the patient’s family may be entitled to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice.

A related study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine listed the most common reasons for anesthesia-related medication errors. They included

WRONG MEDICATION
48%

OVERDOSE
38%

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UNDERDOSE
4%

OMISSION
2%

The Health Consequences of an Anesthesia Overdose

An anesthesia overdose can cause serious injury, including death explains The Colleran Firm, Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers
A recent study surveryed 687 ANESTHESIOLOGISTS. Out of these, 85% ADMITTED TO A DRUG ERROR involving anesthesia resulting in 1,038 TOTAL ERRORS INCLUDING FOUR DEATHS.
The most common error was “SYRINGE SWAP” which resulted in administering the wrong drug to the patient at the wrong time.
Anesthesia mistakes can cause serious harm to patients
Failing to recognize and handle anesthesia errors can result in permanent life-altering injuries and death. A recent study surveyed 687 anesthesiologists. Out of these, 85 percent admitted to a drug error involving anesthesia resulting in 1,038 total errors including four deaths. The most common error was “syringe swap” which resulted in administering the wrong drug to the patient at the wrong time.

Consequences of an anesthesia overdose can include:

  • Asphyxia
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Brain damage
  • Organ damage
  • Heart problems
  • Vein and artery damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Birth defects
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Seizures or stroke
  • Coma
  • Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Why You Need Our Anesthesiologist Malpractice Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been the victim of complications resulting from anesthesia errors, speak with a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney from The Colleran Firm on an immediate basis. Our skillful trial attorneys have decades of experience and successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our medical malpractice clients.

Contact our firm today so that we can immediately begin assisting you.

The attorneys at The Colleran Firm handle serious injury cases caused by health care provider negligence and medical malpractice in Pennsylvania & New Jersey.

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