Negligent Post-Operative Care Resulting in Minnesota Medical Malpractice

Mistakes in Post-Operative Care Can Result in Permanent Disability and the Wrongful Death of a Patient: Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


Most people do not enjoy surgery, and certainly everyone does not like the way they wake up from surgery.  Anesthesia is a very powerful cocktail of drugs which cause paralysis, block pain, and sedate a patient.  Therefore, coming out of anesthesia is very risky and can needs to be properly supervised.  This is generally done in the post-anesthesia care unit, also known as the PACU.  The PACU has a higher ratio of nurses to patients to ensure that patients are well-taken care of during this critical time after a surgery.


However, that does not mean that mistakes do not happen.  In fact, many mistakes related to a surgery actually occur in the PACU when a patient is most vulnerable and outside the direct supervision of the surgeon and anesthesiologist.  Mistakes in the PACU can result in serious injury and even the wrongful death of a patient due to Minnesota medical malpractice.


Common PACU Errors Caused by Minnesota Medical Malpractice


There are very unique issues and risks following a surgery that a patient faces.  This is a two-fold risk due to the actual surgery, the cutting and procedure, as well as the result of anesthesia.  This is why the PACU is so important because a patient will begin to encounter health consequences and healthcare providers will discover any mistakes made during the surgery since, because the patient was anesthetized, he or she could not tell the healthcare team of issues until when he or she wakes up in the PACU.


Some common mistakes due to PACU errors caused by Minnesota medical malpractice include the following:


  • Failing to monitor a patient’s vitals, including heart rate, oxygen saturation (O2 sat), blood pressure, pulse; and breathing;
  • Failing to maintain and preserve the airway;
  • Not checking a patient for complications such as injuries during surgery or from being positioned;
  • Failing to provide supplemental oxygen to patients in need;
  • Failing to observe bleeding from the surgical site;
  • Improperly administering medication;
  • Mixing up patients;
  • Failing to check up and monitor a patient;
  • Failing to properly guard a patient against falls;
  • Not assessing patients for psychological or cognitive injuries, such as those due to oxygen deprivation;
  • Improperly assessing a patient; and
  • Many other causes.


Did You Suffer Injuries After a Surgery?  You May Have a Post-Operative Care Claim!  Call Our Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer to Learn More


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