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Anesthesia overdose and medical malpractice

Posted on December 28, 2014 1:27 pm under Medical Malpractice

Anesthesia involves the use of anesthetics during surgeries or procedures to block pain. By regulating the flow of blood, breathing, blood pressure, and heart rhythm, a person undergoing a medical procedure may also feel relaxed, sleepy, or may even become unconscious. However, a toxic amount of anesthesia in the body may lead to serious complications that could be irreversible and may even result in death.

Anesthesia overdose is oftentimes a result of medical malpractice. The Indian Journal of Anesthesia ranks the topmost risk factors for anesthesia errors; among the top ten are:

  1. Insufficient overall experience
  2. Insufficient familiarity with the device or equipment
  3. Ineffective team communication
  4. Haste
  5. Inattention and carelessness
  6. Fatigue
  7. Dependency on other staff
  8. Failure to perform routine checks
  9. Lack of training
  10. Lack of supervision

These and more could have been prevented if the medical institution had not failed to ensure that all personnel were well- staffed, equipped, and trained in administering anesthesia. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice in Wisconsin, seek the help of an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn the legal options available to you. Call us at (414) 271-0900 to seek legal help today.