While most people are familiar with the idea of medical malpractice, the specifics of what classifies as a medical malpractice case are often misunderstood. Simply put, it refers to an injury that resulted from careless or negligent action on the part of a professional healthcare provider, and one particular action stands out as the leading cause of medical malpractice cases in the nation. Over the course of a seven-year study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), anesthesia-related errors accounted for a total of 2,211 deaths. That’s a frighteningly high number of fatalities caused by medical malpractice – and that’s just from anesthesia errors. The attorneys at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience are dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have suffered or lost loved ones because of anesthesia errors in Mesa and the greater Phoenix area.
What Went Wrong?
Few people understand exactly what it is that an anesthesiologist actually does. Given the title, one can reasonably assume that they render and manage anesthesia during a medical procedure, but, in actuality, their duties go beyond that. An anesthesiologist must monitor a patient’s temperature, circulation, ventilation, and oxygenation throughout the process, ensure that vital signs remain normal, and keep the surgeon appraised of the patient’s condition at all times. Oftentimes, the anesthesiologist will be left in charge of evaluation and management decisions in the post-operative recovery room as well, where many of the problems tend to arise.
Some of the most common anesthesia mistakes include:
- Communication problems: Failure to communicate the patient’s condition to the surgeon during a procedure, including their vital signs, can lead to serious injury or complications.
- An anesthesiologist must carefully regulate and monitor a patient’s vital signs throughout a procedure. Failure to properly carry out these duties can result in serious brain damage or even death.
- Proper intubation is vital to a procedure, and incorrect intubation can interfere with a patient’s ability to breathe safely while under anesthesia. Obviously, failure to maintain a clear airway or an intubation error can result in serious injury.
- Improper dosage of anesthesia is another concern. Too much can result in prolonged sedation that can be dangerous for the patient, possibly leading to a coma or brain injury.
- On the other end of the spectrum, too little anesthesia can result in a horrific experience known as anesthesia awareness, during which a patient wakes up during the procedure but is paralyzed, aware of what is happening and sometimes able to feel the pain of the surgery, but unable to speak.
The SGP law firm is based in Mesa, AZ and services the major Phoenix metropolitan area. Our firm has several personal injury lawyers with a focus on car accidents, dog bites and medical malpractice cases. We work hard to protect your rights and offer only the finest legal representation. After all, medical professionals deal with life and death every single day, so they should be held accountable for the decisions they make and the actions they take. You should not have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence, especially if the injury or death could have been avoided. If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to an anesthesia error, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience at 800-501-2782 or fill out our contact form and get a FREE consultation today.