During surgery, anesthesiologists play a vital role. They administer medication to provide pain relief, monitor vital signs, and report any changes that might indicate a traumatic event. Patients often are unaware of any adverse anesthesia-related events because they are generally corrected quickly. However, serious errors can cause severe injury, resulting in life-changing conditions or even death.
Anesthesiologists are medical doctors, and anesthetists are typically specially trained nurses who work under the supervision of a medical doctor. Both professionals are held to the same overall standard of care and the law recognizes the following types of errors as negligence:
- Incorrect dosage — When not enough anesthesia is given, it can cause patients to awaken during surgery. With too much, they may not wake up at all.
- Inattention to drug or allergy status — When an anesthesiologist or anesthetist fails to review patient records before choosing the method of anesthesia to be used, severe drug interactions and allergic reactions can occur.
- 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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