Brain Injuries Caused By Anesthesia Errors By Tod Aronovitz | 06/26/18 | 0 Comment
Anesthesia is often used during surgery and other medical procedures in order to eliminate pain. Anesthesiologists are responsible for making sure that the patient stays safe during the surgery. However, anesthesia errors are fairly common.
Brain damage can occur if a mistake is made during and after anesthesia administration. There are three types of anesthesia: regional, local and general. An error can occur regardless of the type of anesthesia that is administered. However, errors are much more likely to occur if general anesthesia is administered.
How Anesthesia Errors can Cause Brain Damage
Anesthesiologists stay in the room with the patient during surgery. They have to keep a close watch on the patient’s vital signs. However, an anesthesiologist can leave the room or get distracted. They may also give the patient too much anesthesia. If an anesthesia error occurs, then the patient can be deprived of oxygen or have a stroke. This can lead to irreversible brain damage.
Common Anesthesia Errors
Overdose: The anesthesiologist may give the patient too much medication. This can result in serious brain injury or death.
Intubation Errors: The anesthesiologist may have to insert a tube into the patient’s trachea in order to make it easier for the patient to breathe. If the tube is not inserted correctly, then the patient may not get enough oxygen to their brain. A brain injury can also result if faulty equipment is not used.
Monitoring Errors: The patient’s vital signs have to be monitored to ensure that the patient is not having an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. If a patient stops breathing and is deprived of oxygen for long periods of time, then a brain injury can result. An anesthesiologist can be held responsible if they miss the signs that indicate the patient is in danger.
In many cases, anesthesia errors can be prevented. That is why you need the help of a Miami medical malpractice lawyer. Our firm is familiar with medical malpractice and have successfully handled anesthesia error cases. Our Miami medical malpractice attorneys can help you file a claim and receive compensation for your or your family member’s injuries.