Medical Mistakes involving Anesthesia

Anesthesia in Surgery

Anesthesia is usually a necessary part of any surgery.  When most patients undergo surgery, they are often more preoccupied with the actual surgical procedure rather than the anesthesia.  However, when an error in the administration of anesthesia or in monitoring the patient’s response to anesthesia occurs, the results can be devastating and can cause blindness, strokes, paralysis, brain damage, and death.  Many anesthesia errors are often the result of medical negligence and grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking compensation for the harm.

Different types of anesthesia errors

There are several different types of anesthesia errors that anesthesiologists have made which can cause significant harm to the patient, including:

  • Failure to notice or recognize drug interactions;
  • Providing the wrong type of anesthesia;
  • Failure to properly monitor the surgical patient’s condition and vitals;
  • Overdosing the patient with anesthesia (too much anesthesia)
  • Underdosing the patient with anesthesia (too little anesthesia)
  • Failure to prevent or recognize an allergic reaction to the anesthesia in a timely manner;
  • Failure to intubate;
  • Injury or harm caused during intubation process;
  • Failure to provide the patient with proper instructions regarding water intake and food consumption prior to the procedure.

Anesthesia Mistakes and Errors

Anesthesia errors can be largely avoidable if the anesthesiologist has properly studied the patient’s medical file, thoroughly discussed the case with the patient’s surgeon, and has had an informed conversation with the patient.  Sadly, many times, victims of anesthesia errors are not given enough information by the hospital or medical providers to determine what went wrong and are simply told that complications occurred.  If you or a loved one suffered significant complications as a result of anesthesia and are not being given straight answers by your doctor or the hospital, you should contact a medical malpractice firm immediately to discuss your next options.

Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers advocating for victims of Anesthesia Errors

Kuhlman Law, LLC represents victims of Minnesota anesthesia medical malpractice.  If we accept your case, we will dig into the medical record and the facts to determine what really occurred and whether your anesthesiologist’s mistake or error constituted medical malpractice.  If you or a loved one suspect that you have been the victim of anesthesia malpractice, contact the Oregon medical malpractice law firm of Kuhlman Law today to set up a free consultation at (541) 385-1999.


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