Anesthesia is a necessary component of nearly every surgical procedure. In some instances, anesthesia is even used when surgery is not being performed to increase patient comfort and induce relaxation.
Perhaps because it is used so frequently, anesthesia errors are one of the top causes of medical malpractice claims. Sadly, claims involving anesthesia and other medication errors can result in serious consequences such as:
- Brain injury
- Severe allergic reaction
- Breathing difficulties
- Spinal cord injury
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed due to an anesthesia error, please call 877-638-6226 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Little Rock, Arkansas medical malpractice attorney.
Types of Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia should only be administered by an experienced anaesthesiologist. It is also this medical professional’s job to monitor vitals during surgical procedures, ensuring the proper amount of anesthesia remains administered and that the patient remains safe and comfortable. Even the slightest mistake can result in significant injury or death, making the role of the anaesthesiologist an important one during your medical procedure.
Errors that can occur with anesthesia include:
- Preventable allergic reactions
- Over or under sedation
- Incorrect medication
- Poor intubation for oxygen or insufficient supply oxygen
- Failure to maintain blood pressure
- Failure to monitor vitals
- Failure to respond to breath cessation
Anesthesia errors may be caused by equipment failure, oversight on the part of nurses and other support staff, negligence on the part of an anesthesiologist or surgeon, or any number of other issues, but the cause of the error is of little relevance when its consequence is serious injury to the patient.
Victims of this and other forms of medical malpractice deserve justice. The aggressive Little Rock medical malpractice attorneys at Duncan Firm are prepared to do whatever it takes to help see that justice is served.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced Little Rock attorneys, please contact us online or call 877-638-6226 today. Our firm fights for victims of medical malpractice throughout Arkansas and West Tennessee.