Regardless of the type of surgical procedure that a patient undergoes, there are significant risks involving the anesthesia used to put the patient under. Anesthesiologists undergo intense training in order to perform their jobs safely. Just like any other physician, the anesthesiologist has a responsibility to safeguard the health of the patient. When mistakes are made, it could give rise to a medical malpractice action in Boise. The following is an overview of the various types of mistakes that can be made by the anesthesiologist during surgery.
Mistakes That Can Occur Prior to the Administering of the Anesthesia
- Failing to administer the anesthesia within a timely manner.
- Failing to investigate the patient’s medical history for potential complications during the procedure.
- Failing to adequately inform the patient of the risks that arise when the patient does not follow preoperative instructions. An example is where the patient is not sufficiently warned of what could happen if he eats or drinks too close to the time of the surgery.
Once the anesthesia is administered to the patient, a host of other mistakes could potentially take place.
Mistakes That Can Occur During and After the Administering of the Anesthesia
- Putting a patient “under” for too long, resulting in a deprivation of oxygen to the brain.
- Improperly converting ounces to millimeters, milliliters to liters, or a similar conversion when administering medication.
- Using too little anesthesia, so that the patient wakes up during the procedure. This can result in substantial physical and emotional trauma, as well as possible injury caused by the delay to the surgical procedure while the anesthesia is re-administered.
- Failing to anticipate or address an allergic reaction.
- Improperly monitoring vital signs.
- Failing to anticipate or respond to a harmful drug reaction.
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