General anesthesia and the possibility of an anesthesia error

Many people are understandably a bit nervous before they go in for a surgical procedure. A patient may have anxiety about the procedure itself, the recovery period, the ability of the doctors to perform their tasks, or the cost of the procedure.

Another common concern is anesthesia. Prior to many surgeries, patients are put under general anesthesia, in which the patient is rendered completely unconscious. Additional forms of anesthesia include regional, which numbs a cluster of nerves, and local, which numbs a tissue area, both of can be applied to a specific area of the body being operated upon. Most of the time surgeries proceed as planned and there are few, if any, serious complications. However, there is always the possibility of an anesthesia error when Houston patients are put under.

Unfortunately, an anesthesia error carries the possibility of a fatal accident and wrongful death. However, doctors and anesthesiologists can prevent errors from happening by adhering to the standards set forth in their professions. Members of the anesthesia care team usually include physician anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and anesthesiologist assistants.

Proper procedure generally entails accurately evaluating the patient's medical condition, recommending and following an appropriate plan for anesthesia, diagnosing and treating the issues that might arise during the actual surgery and completing the correct post-operation procedures.

If something goes wrong during surgery, an anesthesia error may be to blame. These errors can be extremely serious and may culminate in a fatal accident in a medical setting. Families who have experienced the loss of a loved one during surgery may collaborate with an attorney in order to discover if an anesthesia error was behind the incident.

Source: American Society of Anesthesiologists, "Anesthesia: An Overview," accessed July 11, 2015

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