Anesthesia Mistakes

Anesthesia Mistakes

Anesthesiologists play a key role during surgery. They use medication to provide pain relief and sedation for surgeries. They also track vital signs. Anesthesiologists report any changes that might show a harmful event. Most of the time, patients are unaware of any minor anesthesia-related events. This is because they are usually corrected. Serious errors can cause injury, resulting in life-changing conditions or even death.
 
Anesthesiologists are medical doctors. Similarly, anesthetists are trained nurses. They work under the supervision of a medical doctor. Both professionals have the same standards of care. Too little anesthesia can cause patients to wake up during surgery. Too much anesthesia and they may not wake up at all.
 
Additionally, severe drug or allergic reactions can happen. Doctors and nurses could fail to review patient records before giving medication. Noticing and reporting changes in vital signs is critical. It ensures the surgical team knows when there is a need for intervention.

 

Anesthesia Statistics

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), reports that 44,000 to 98,000 patients die each year as a result of medical errors. The seventh most common cause being medication related. 42% of these incidents occurred during the middle of anesthesia. In several studies, 65% to 87% of deaths during anesthesia involved human error:
  • Inadequate experience (16%)
  • Inadequate familiarity to device or equipment (9.3%)
  • Inattention, haste, or carelessness (5.6% each)
 
Annually, there are 40 million anesthesia procedures performed in the United States. Medical errors are becoming more common. It is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, after cancer and heart disease.  All too often, these mistakes go unreported by health care providers. The IOM estimates that 1.5 million Americans have injuries from medical errors each year. These errors cost the healthcare system more than $3.5 billion each year.

 

Anesthesia Monitoring Standards - Anesthesia Mistakes
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Causes of anesthesia complications and mistakes:

  • Too much anesthesia
  • Too little anesthesia
  • Allergic reaction
  • Defective medical device
  • Drug interactions
  • Failure to monitor patients properly
  • Failure of drug dose calculation
  • Overtime and odd working hours
  • Lack of staff
  • Poor communication
  • Look-alike and sound-alike drugs
  • Swapping of syringes or their labels
  • Confusing, inaccurate, or incomplete drug labels and packaging
  • Unlabelled syringes
If you have been the victim of an anesthesia mistake, you may have a liability claim. All too often, injuries need expensive, ongoing care. We work with you to get financial compensation for your losses. Our personal injury attorneys can help you meet the burden of proof. We can hold medical providers accountable for their negligence and harm.
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