I am sorry to hear about your experience with anesthesia. Anesthesia in many ways is a modern miracle – it helps thousands of surgeries and other medical procedures be safety and effectively performed every day in the U.S. There are a number of types of anesthesia, including general, regional, local, and spinal. However, when anesthesia is not used effectively, tragedy can result.
There are a number of types of potential errors involving anesthesia. The type of injury is not always readily apparent when examining the patient. Typically, an expert must review a patient’s medical chart ins order to determine what types of errors were made during the anesthesia process.
Most incidents in which a patient is harmed from anesthesia errors are due to the medical staff failing to properly monitor the patient before, during, or after the procedure. Most severe anesthesia incidents involve respiratory issues, such as improper ventilation. Cardiac events are another large source of injuries during anesthesia. These events may be caused by overdosing on anesthesia, a severe reaction from the patient to the anesthesia, or failure to properly administer the drugs or to monitor the patient.
If you or a loved one was harmed due to an issue with anesthesia, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges. We can help. Call us today at 855-947-0707 or visit us on Twitter to learn more about the firm.