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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