anesthesia errors medical malpractice

What are the dangers of anesthesia errors?

Anesthesia errors are generally more dangerous than surgery mistakes because even the smallest error can result in brain damage or death. An anesthesiologist can commit medical malpractice by:

  • Administering too much anesthesia
  • Failing to monitor a patient's vital signs
  • Using equipment that is defective
  • Failure to properly intubate a patient (insert a tube into the trachea for ventilation)

Despite the advances in modern medicine, anesthesia errors continue to occur at even the best facilities and hospitals worldwide. Standardized protocol and simple vigilance are key factors that can avoid the occurrence of anesthesia errors.

What causes anesthesia errors?

There are a variety of factors that give rise to the high incidence of medication errors during the conduction of anesthesia. The most common risk factors include:

  • Fatigue
  • A lack of staff
  • Odd working hours
  • Inattention
  • Poor communication
  • Carelessness
  • Look and sound-alike drugs
  • Failure to calculate drug dose

How common are anesthesia errors?

Anesthesia errors are common in the modern healthcare system. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), 44,000 to 98,000 patients die each year due to medical errors. A large number of these fatalities are associated with medications. An anesthesia error is any mistake that occurs during the medication process. It can be the failure to perform an appropriate action, or to perform an appropriate action incorrectly. The IOM estimates that each year, 1.5 million Americans are injured by medication errors including anesthesia errors. 

What should I do if I think I have been injured by an anesthesia error?

You only have two years to file your anesthesia error medical malpractice claim. If you believe that you have a case, then you should talk to an experienced Morgantown medical malpractice attorney today. Kelly Reed and her team has successfully recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients. Call us today at 304-292-2020 to schedule a free initial consultation.