Anesthesia errors are a risk in any surgical procedure. When a patient undergoes an operation, anesthesia is administered in order to sedate the patient. The anesthesiologists are supposed to monitor vital signs such as heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure.
The most common anesthesia problems we’ve encountered involved inexperienced anesthesia personnel such as CRNA’s or anesthesia technicians who fail in their duty to recognize problems such as a sudden drop in blood pressure, respiration or heart rate. These errors may be caused by inattention or a failure to properly monitor a surgical patient’s vital signs. Such errors can result in catastrophic injuries to the patient including permanent brain damage or coma.
Other anesthesia errors include mistakes concerning the dosage of anesthesia, intubation errors, and turning off the alarm on the pulse oximeter. The last error is perhaps more a mistake in procedure than an error. The pulse oximeter is designed to measure a patient’s blood oxygen level. Turning off the alarm deprives healthcare workers of a necessary and critical medical warning device that’s designed to alert doctors and nurses of patient distress.
We’ve been successful in handling anesthesia malpractice cases because we have the expertise to properly evaluate the claims.