Anesthesiologists play a vital role during surgery. In addition to administering medication to provide pain relief, they also monitor vital signs and report any changes that might indicate a traumatic event. Adverse anesthesia-related events are generally corrected quickly, and patients often are unaware they occurred. However, serious errors can cause severe injury, potentially resulting in life-changing conditions or even death.
Anesthesiologists are medical doctors, while anesthetists are typically specially trained nurses who work under the supervision of a medical doctor. The law holds both professionals to the same overall standard of care and recognizes the following types of errors as negligence:
- Incorrect dosage — Too little anesthesia can cause patients to awaken during surgery. With too much, they may not wake up at all.
- Inattention to drug or allergy status — Severe drug interactions and allergic reactions can occur when an anesthesiologist or anesthetist fails to review patient records before choosing the method of anesthesia to be used.
- Negligent patient monitoring — Failure to notice and report changes to vital signs is critical to ensuring that all members of the surgical team recognize the need to take life-saving action.
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