Minnesota Anesthesia Errors Caused by Medical Malpractice


Understanding Anesthesia Errors is Important to Help Protect Your Rights as a Victim of Minnesota Medical Malpractice


We know that anesthesia is a necessary part of surgery and anesthesiologists are well-trained and educated.  This is because going through surgery without anesthesia is simply not an option.  Hospitals and surgeons rely heavily on anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists to be skilled and effective in their craft.  But like any other type of medical professional, anesthesiologists can cause serious Minnesota medical malpractice which results in the personal injury or even the wrongful death of a patient.  This is why anesthesiologists are one of the most commonly sued medical specialties.



Roles of an Anesthesiologist During a Surgery


Anesthesiology teams include an anesthesiologist and several nurse anesthetists.  There may be other technicians and nurses to help as well.  There are several important roles these medical professionals play during a surgery.  The most obvious role of an anesthesiologist during a surgery is to keep a patient anesthetized so the surgical team can perform the procedure.  This includes keeping a patient paralyzed, asleep, and not feeling any pain.


Another important role of an anesthesiologist is to control and monitor a patient during the surgery.  This includes monitoring the patient’s heart rate, breathing, and other important vitals during the surgery.  Fluids in and out, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation are the most important functions.  Failing to properly monitor these signs can result in a more difficult surgery which is more likely to fail.


Common Anesthesia Errors


There are several different kinds of anesthesia errors which could occur during a surgery.  Many of these types of errors are medical malpractice and can be avoided.  They include the following causes:


  • Overdosing a patient;
  • Miscalculating the proper dosage;
  • Breaching the standard of care;
  • Improperly providing the oxygen tube (incubation);
  • Missing machines;
  • Failing to properly monitor a patient during surgery;
  • IV errors when giving the dose;
  • Inadequate training;
  • Improper technique;
  • Failing to use safety devices;
  • Using unfamiliar techniques;
  • Miscommunication errors;
  • Using the wrong drugs;
  • Failing to guard against drug complications;
  • Failing to recognize an adverse reaction to anesthesia;
  • Malfunctioning machines; and
  • Other mistakes.


If any of these errors sounds like one of your cases, call an Minnesota medical malpractice attorney to learn how to help you obtain the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.


Anesthesia Errors Can Result in Very Serious Minnesota Medical Malpractice


At Kuhlman Law, LLC, we know that anesthesiologists can make serious and life-threatening mistakes.  After all, an anesthesiologist is giving patients a cocktail of very powerful drugs to paralyze, numb pain, and put them to sleep.  If these drugs are given in the wrong dosage, it can have devastating results.  If you or a loved one have been injured by a Minnesota anesthesia mistake, call for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help by dialing (612) 444-3374.


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