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Understand Your Rights When Anesthesia Errors Occur

When a patient undergoes a surgical procedure, anesthesiologists often place the patient in an unconscious or semiconscious state through drugs, medications and gasses. Anesthesiologists have tremendous responsibility for not only keeping a patient sedated during surgery but also managing their vital signs and oxygenation. They often may be primarily responsible for the patient’s care immediately after surgery. If you suspect your loved one may have suffered due to an anesthesia error, contact one of our Michigan attorneys today.

Discovering An Error

Anesthesia errors can occur during surgery, but most are recognized and corrected so patients rarely, if ever, learn about them. Anesthesia errors can, however, lead to disastrous consequences. It is only after a patient dies, or a serious problem is identified following surgery, that a patient or family learns about an anesthesia problem. Since most anesthesiologists meet the patient or family only briefly before the surgery, there is little opportunity for a patient or family to check the credentials or background of the most important person for any surgery.

Rarely do patients understand the role and obligations of the anesthesiologist, during surgery or afterward in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). Many patients will successfully survive surgery only to develop a serious problem in the post-anesthesia care unit where the surgeon often defers the patient’s care to the anesthesiologist for all evaluation and management decisions.

Common Mistakes

Here are some common anesthesia mistakes resulting from medical negligence or malpractice:

  • Injuries caused during intubation
  • Failure to monitor a patient’s consciousness during a surgical procedure
  • Failure to communicate the patient’s vital signs to surgeons during a procedure
  • Error in anesthesia dosage

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to an anesthesia error, you could have a medical malpractice or negligence claim. Please contact our office to discuss the details with a lawyer.