What are the most common types of anesthesia errors?

Patients in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and across the United States go under anesthesia every day. Anesthesia is a cocktail of drugs that prevents you from feeling pain or remembering anything about a medical procedure. When done right, it is highly effective at making a procedure easier and more bearable. When it is done incorrectly, serious injuries can result.

Causes of Anesthesia Errors

Many factors are in play while you’re under anesthesia. From equipment error to medical negligence by the professional administering and monitoring you during the procedure, something could go wrong.

Following are some of the most common ways anesthesia errors occur:

  • Giving you too much anesthesia
  • Giving you too little anesthesia
  • Failing to deliver the anesthesia in a timely manner
  • Giving you the wrong combination of anesthesia medications
  • Giving you a combination of anesthesia medication that interacts with other prescription medication you are taking
  • Failing to provide proper instructions with regards to food or liquid intake prior to the procedure
  • Using defective medical equipment to monitor you while you’re under anesthesia

If something does go wrong during your procedure, you may have a case against the medical team that worked on you. It is strongly advised that you reach out to a medical malpractice attorney for help as soon as you realize something went wrong. Please feel free to call us at any time if you have questions or concerns. We are here to help.

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