Anesthesia can present specific risks in a medical setting. Often overlooked, possible anesthesia errors concern position-related injuries, oxygen deprivation, spinal cord injury, failure to maintain blood pressure, and other provider-related errors which may jeopardize a patient’s health.
Read more here: The Risks of Anesthesia
Many patients meet their anesthesiologist only minutes before heading to the operating room. During this time, it’s imperative to share all your health information, particularly any allergies and reactions to medications, recent surgeries, and hospital admissions, and the medications you are on.
Read more on preparing for anesthesia: Protecting Your Health at a Pre-Anesthesia Visit
Unfortunately, a wide range of injuries can be sustained because of improper administration of anesthesia. These can include permanent brain damage from lack of oxygen, damage to the larynx, nerve injury, respiratory distress, and severe allergic reactions. In some cases, malpractice in the administration of anesthesia can also lead to wrongful death.
Pegalis & Erickson, LLC provide legal advocacy services for patients who have experienced or are experiencing injuries related to anesthesia. Read more here: Understanding Anesthesia-Related Injuries.