Patients should know how anesthesia errors during medical procedures can quickly pave the way to medical malpractice cases.
For some medical procedures performed in West Virginia, the patient will need anesthesia to remain comfortable, reduce anxiety and to keep pain to a minimum. That being said, there are times when anesthesia is administered incorrectly, which can lead to a medical malpractice case. Learn more about some of the more common anesthesia mishaps before your upcoming procedure.
Unintentional use of residual anesthetics
In some cases, the valve that controls the flow of the anesthesia contains built-up residue that can lead to an accidental infection. There might also be residual anesthesia in the valve that can find their way into the patient, accidentally increasing the overall dosage amount.
During an anesthesia administration, there might be a mistake in the overall dosage. Such mishaps are made for a number of reasons, including the fact that the anesthesiologist is inexperienced. The person administering the anesthesia might also not be clear on how the equipment or device works. And, finally, there is also the possibility that the liquid or gas was administered in haste, with carelessness or with a lack of attention.
Poor pain management
Patients might have some lingering pain after a medical procedure, which could require anesthesia. The anesthesia error in this case could lead to nausea infections, vomiting and chronic regional pain syndrome. To help combat such errors, some medical institutions have started to use spinal anesthetics or local infiltration of analgesia. The goal is to keep patients happy while avoiding unnecessary side effects.
Poor IV flow rate control
Doing a poor job of regulating IV flow can result in serious complications for patients. For instance, getting too much anesthesia fluid has the possibility of triggering high blood pressure, anxiety, headaches and breathing problems. Alternatively, there is a chance the patient will not receive enough anesthesia.
Errors in documentation
One of the most prevalent causes of anesthesia errors in hospitals is mistakes in documentation. For example, the portion related to a person’s anesthesia record on her or his surgical procedure form might be filled in before the procedure is actually complete. It is also possible that the documentation might not be written in a way that is easily understood. Essentially, such mistakes commonly boil down to hospital documents not being filled out by the right people or not being completed at the right time.
If you have recently had a medical procedure in West Virginia that required anesthesia and feel a mistake was made, know that you might have a case. Reach out to the attorneys at Warner Law Offices, PLLC offices to learn more about your rights and options today.