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Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia is a treatment preventing patients from feeling pain during a surgical procedure. The three main types of anesthesia are local, regional, and general. Local anesthesia is used for minor surgeries such as a wart or ingrown toenail removal. Regional anesthesia, spinal and epidural, is injected into the spinal fluid (spinal) or an area outside the spinal column (epidural). It is used for invasive surgeries on the lower part of the body like a C-Section. Compared to the other types of anesthesia, general anesthesia has a higher risk of complications.

An anesthesia error can happen in major or common operations. Sometimes, it can cause brain damage, paralysis, or even death. It is the responsibility of the anesthesiologist to provide the right dose of anesthetic to the patient, to monitor the patient’s condition while the procedure is ongoing, and post-operative management. Some examples of anesthesia errors are giving too much or too little anesthetic, giving the wrong anesthesia, and anesthesia awareness (patient is supposed to be asleep or unconscious during the operation but is awake or wakes up). The latter can be a traumatic experience because the patient may feel extreme pain.

If you’re a victim of an anesthesia error or would like to talk about your anesthesiologist’s negligence, you may contact us at 754-800-5657 or send us an email at info@darfoorlaw.com. For more information about the firm, visit us at Darfoor Law.

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