Consequences of Anesthesia Errors
Each year more than 4,000 people who undergo surgery are injured by a preventable surgical error. Some of these errors include mistakes made with anesthesia. Anesthesia is a state of temporary induced loss of sensation of awareness needed to conduct standard medical procedures, such as surgery.
Putting a patient under anesthesia can be incredibly complicated and requires a physician who specializes in this area, or an anesthesiologist. While humans tend to make errors on a regular basis, for doctors, their mistakes tend to cause much more severe consequences.
When people are put under anesthesia, their bodies can be affected a number of ways. For example, your spinal cord can be prevented from moving gery, your brainstem can be affected to keep you unconscious, and your cerebral cortex can be prevented from receiving and processing information. These effects are all designed to keep you still and safe during surgery.
However, an error in anesthesia can cause severe problems, such as brain damage, strokes, and seizures. Likewise, if an anesthesiologist isn’t correctly monitoring a patient’s brain activity, gives a patient the wrong dosage, leaves a patient unattended, or gives a patient the wrong medication, the patient can suffer severe allergic reactions, cardiac arrest, or even death.
Some patients who survive a surgery with an anesthesia error can experience damage to their arteries, veins, nerves, or organs. They can also suffer infection from intubation, complications from blood pressure, or even remain completely aware of the surgery during the procedure, an extremely traumatic experience.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a negligent anesthesiologist, don’t hesitate to give us a call. The Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. will go the extra mile to provide you with client-focused service and compassionate representation as we work to recover your compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our skilled Austin medical malpractice attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our past clients. Let us see what we can do for you.
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