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Anesthesia Errors

Medical procedures and surgeries that are countless are efficiently performed daily due to the use of modern anesthesia.

Generally, anesthesiologists may use regional anesthesia, local anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, or general anesthesia to control pain and sedate the patient.

Making a decision on the kind of Anastasia is a decision for the anesthesiologist and the surgeon.

Most incidences that involve injury of a patient from anesthesia errors, instead of the kind of anesthesia used during the medical procedure, result from negligence of the anesthesia staff to watch the patient prior to, during, or subsequent to the procedure.

Ventilation that is not proper is an example of this when errors are made as respiratory issues are among the leading causes of brain damage or death during the procedures of anesthesia.

The kind of anesthesia error may not be obvious, based on the kind of sustained injury by the hospital patient.

Medical negligence attorneys with experience normally work with several leading experts in the medical field to review medical charts of clients to deem what kinds of errors were made during the process of anesthesia.

There are some common issues to examine when reviewing an anesthesia error incident.

Most occurrences of catastrophic anesthesia error have been attributed to incidents concerning respiratory symptoms.

ASA, or the American Society of Anesthesiologists, collects data on malpractice claims that are closed in an attempt to improve and examine anesthesiology standards.

This information reveals that respiratory incidents in brain damage and death cases were the most typical, comprising 45% of claims in malpractice.

Cardiac events made up 25% of malpractice claims to follow up in the category of medical malpractice claims.

The following conditions, nevertheless, have been linked with errors in medication, and merit continued investigation: broken bones; death; coma; damage to the brain; paralysis; stroke; and stoppage of breathing.

In recent research, a university examined over 2,200 deaths in relation to anesthesia over a period of six years.


On average, more than 300 deaths annually were caused by anesthesia, or was at least a contributing factor.

The key reasons discovered for these deaths for the following:

Nearly 50% were a result of an anesthesia overdose; over 42% caused adverse effects in therapeutic use from anesthesia; nearly 4% of the deaths happened during labor and pregnancy; and over 7% were labeled under complications.

Deaths with anesthesia are basically rare, but they do occur.

This research revealed that the most typical result of death was overdose. This may have been particularly due to administration of the anesthesiologist.

Individuals who happen to survive the incident where complications emerged because of anesthesia may end up with damage to the brain, and other deleterious conditions.

Unlike other kinds of sustained injury cases, cases that entail anesthesia errors may not be apparent at all times.

Medical records and reports of operation, in fact, from most cases of anesthesia error must be evaluated carefully prior to a final determination.

An esteemed attorney, whether you possess the records or not, is willing to assist you in any questions you may have.

Contact us for a free consultation or call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797

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