Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Improper Intubation During Surgery

Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Failed Intubation During Surgery Can be Oregon Medical Malpractice


All surgeries carry risk, some more than others.  Oregon medical malpractice happens and it is a fact of the medical profession.  Generally, the longer the surgery the more risky it may be.  Surgeries are risky in part because of anesthesia.  Not only is anesthesia a powerful cocktail of drugs, but it is also carries risks associated with how it is administrated.  Not only that, but patients under anesthesia also need to be intubated.  This means that an airway must be established and fed into and down the patient’s mouth and into their lungs.


When an anesthesiologist fails to do this properly during a surgery, the patient may have his or her air supply completely cut off.  In other instances the air supply could be diminished or lowered to a dangerously low amount.  When this occurs, a patient cannot simply re-adjust the pipe or ask for it to be fixed because he or she is unconscious from the anesthesia.  Thus, even with the diminished air, the longer the surgery the longer the patient’s body will have to cope with oxygen loss and deprivation.  This is a major anesthesia error and life-threatening.


Unfortunately, oxygen deprivation for a prolonged period of time during a spinal fusion, hip replacement, or shoulder surgery may be long enough to cause serious and significant brain injuries.  When the brain injuries becomes widespread and impairs the normal functioning of the brain, it is generally classified as a traumatic brain injury, or a TBI.  Unfortunately, many TBIs are not curable and they will not resolve on their own.  Rather, they will cause permanent damage to the brain and the way it functions.


Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice 


When an anesthesiologist fails to properly maintain the intubation tube for air, it is likely going to be the anesthesia team’s fault.  This is due to the mistakes by the anesthesiologist in placing the tube.  But this will also be due to the anesthesia team’s fault in failing to monitor and keep the patient safe.  The intubation tube, while secured, still must be monitored to ensure it does not shift or come lose.


This is particularly true in spinal fusion or spinal surgeries, where the patient is placed on a “Jackson table” and is facing downwards.  This allows the intubation tube to move, slide, or fall due to gravity and the fact that the patient’s face is in a hole within the table.  This can make it more difficult for medical staff to monitor, but that does not provide an excuse for failing to guard against this injury.


Damages Caused by a Failure to Maintain an Airway During Surgery


When a patient has been deprived oxygen during a surgery for a failed intubation tube, the severity of the TBI depends on the length of the oxygen deprivation and the amount of air, if any, the patient was receiving from the improper intubation.  Damage from a hypoxic, or lack of oxygen, injury can be widespread and cause damage throughout all parts of the brain and impair all types of functioning, memory, and processing of information.


The most common damages in this type of surgical error case include pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earnings, medical bills, loss of services, loss of consortium, and many other types of damages.  Victims who have been seriously injured after a surgery due to improperly maintaining an airway may be entitled to these types of damages.


Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Anesthesia Errors During Surgeries Can be Oregon Medical Malpractice


Victims and their families who have suffered a traumatic brain injury from anesthesia errors during surgeries in Oregon should call Kuhlman Law, LLC.  We handle cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.

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