The Chilling Reality of Anesthesia Malpractice
Anesthesiologists are doctors that use chemicals to bring their patients to the brink of death without causing death, usually for a medical procedure. Anesthesia slows body functions, which keeps a patient unconscious to prevent him or her from feeling any pain. However, death is a possible side effect if any factor in the process goes awry and goes unnoticed.
Alternatively, an anesthesiologist may give too little of a dose, resulting in the patient being wholly conscious but paralyzed during the procedure. Victims of anesthesia awareness frequently suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the experience. Anesthesia specialists must monitor every vital to be sure that their patient does not suffer.Anesthesia Awareness
A recent study estimates that each year, 40,000 patients that undergo anesthesia fail to lose consciousness. The phenomenon of staying awake is known as “Inoperative Awareness,” “Awareness with Recall” (AWR), or “Anesthesia Awareness.” Generally, AWR occurs due to an inappropriate amount of anesthesia given in pre-operation procedures. Although the experience can happen to anyone, there are procedures and other factors that make a patient more susceptible, such as:
- Women having c-sections;
- Open heart surgery patients;
- Critical Trauma victims; and
- Patients that are incredibly ill.
Anesthesiologists use anesthesia to slow the patient’s body functions to help a patient become unconscious, thus eliminating any pain sensations during a medical procedure. Simultaneously, an the anesthesiologist will monitor basic life vitals, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate throughout the procedure to ensure the stability of the patient. However, the anesthesiologist's job begins well before surgery day; in fact, all patients should have a one-on-one meeting to review medical history, current conditions, and discuss risks and fears. The pre-operative assessment is essential in discovering and reducing potential risks before it is too late. Many times, when an anesthesiologist is negligent, the problem begins in the discovery phase, such as:
- Administering an overdose after failure to adequately review the patient’s history; and
- Failure to properly educate patients about food, beverage, and alcohol restrictions before surgery.
If you lost a loved one or have experienced trauma due to the negligence of an anesthesiologist, a Santa Clara anesthesia malpractice attorney can help. Proving negligence for a procedure for which the client is unconscious is often tricky. To make the best possible case, you should immediately begin obtaining and preserving any records about your situation and procedure. Next, contact Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., as we have the knowledge, experience, and aggressiveness necessary to earn you the maximum compensation to cover your medical bills, long-term care, impairments, disabilities, wage losses, and even the money you would have made in the future. Call (408) 289-1417 today for a free case review.Source