Why Anesthesia Errors are Common in Minnesota Medical Malpractice Claims

Anesthesia Errors are Common in Minnesota Medical Malpractice For Several Reasons


Anesthesiologists carry some of the highest medical malpractice insurance out of any specialty with the exception of labor and delivery/OB-GYN.   Anesthesia is a powerful cocktail of three or more drugs which paralyze you, block pain, and put you to sleep.  Errors in mixing or administering this combination can obviously be very serious.


Powerful Cocktail: This is the first and most obvious reason why anesthesia errors are so common.  When a physician is mixing such a potent combination of dangerous, debilitating, and literally paralyzing drugs, any errors will have a significant and profound effect.  What makes administering anesthesia even more difficult is that these drugs can interact with a lot of other common medications of health conditions, such as high blood pressure or hypertension, diabetes, blood thinners, or even over-the-counter pain medication.


Anesthesia is a “Support” Specialty Many Other Specialities Use: Very few people go to see an anesthesiologist directly for treatment.  The ones that do are really going for pain management which is another specialty.  That is because anesthesiologists support other specialties to perform procedures.  For instance, an anesthesiologist will help an OB-GYN perform a c-section, perform a nerve block for an orthopedist, or even help a dentist extract compounded teeth.  Because anesthesia is used to perform many procedures, especially in a hospital, it just has more opportunities for mistakes and Minnesota medical malpractice.


Too Many Patients at Once: One thing about anesthesia is that, once a patient has been anesthetized, there is not a whole lot that the doctor has to do.  Other technicians, CRNAs, will monitor the patient’s vitals for complications with the anesthesia and during the surgery.  But the doctor will really not sit and monitor the patient the entire time, especially during a long or multiple-hour procedure.  Rather, an anesthesiologist will circulate several operating rooms all at one time.  Sometimes this may even be on multiple floors.  This is a bad things because an anesthesiologist goes through intense and prolonged training for the reason that they really need to know what they are doing and have the experience and skills to recognize problems.  This could even be subtle changes in a patient’s vitals, all that a CNRA or other technician/nurse may not observe.


Victims of Anesthesia Errors Should Call For a Free Consultation to Learn Who is at Fault


Mistakes made by an anesthesiologist can be life-changing and life-threatening.  Many times permanent damage to the peripheral nerves or the brain can leave a patient disabled or maimed.  Some victims of very serious anesthesia errors will experience high medical bills, significant lost wages, and possibly the inability to ever return to the same line of work.


If you believe that you have been injured due to an anesthesia error, call to schedule a FREE appointment to determine whether it may have been caused by Minnesota medical malpractice.  We accept cases throughout Minnesota, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, or any other city.  Please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (612) 444-3374 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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