If you or one of your California loved ones has ever gone under the knife and required anesthesia, you probably know that there are inevitable risks involved with receiving anesthetic treatment. When anesthesiologists make errors, the repercussions can prove severe and even fatal, so it is important that anyone who undergoes treatment involving anesthesia fully understand the risks involved before doing so. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we know that you place a certain degree of trust in your physicians, and we have helped many clients who suffered injury or hardship because of a medical provider’s negligence or mistake pursue appropriate recourse.
According to Elcam Safety, many anesthesia-related medical errors involve medication dosing mistakes. Dosing mistakes are frequently the result of an anesthesiologist’s inexperience, but carelessness and a lack of familiarity with medical equipment are also common factors in anesthesia dosing errors.
Many anesthesia errors that endanger patient safety also result from a medical provider’s inability to properly control a patient’s IV flow rate. If an anesthesiologist administers too much fluid, you may experience hypertension, breathing problems and anxiety, among related side effects. If the anesthesiologist does not administer enough, your body may not react to the drug properly.
A third anesthesia-related mistake some medical professionals make involves failing to properly control patient pain after a procedure. If professionals are not careful about the amount of time they leave between administering patients pain medications, patients run the risk of suffering nausea, vomiting and related complications. You can find more about medical errors on our web page.