Anesthesia Errors Medical Malpractice Law Firm in Washington DC and Maryland

Modern medicine would not exist as it does today without anesthesia. From the middle ages until the middle of the 19th century, surgeons tried a combination of substances, including sponges soaked in opium, to increase a patient’s tolerance to a procedure. They gave patients considerable amounts of alcoholic beverages to consume and had them bite down hard on an object in order to deal with the pain.

In 1845, Boston dentist William T.G. Morton began using ether on his very grateful patients when performing a tooth extraction. One year later, his discovery of sulfuric ether was used for the first time during surgery by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Since that momentous and historic occasion, surgery has never been the same.

Chloroform began being used during childbirth in 1847 and then it was subsequently used in surgical procedures. The use of nitrous oxide soon followed.

ANESTHESIOLOGY TODAY

Today, an anesthesiologist is a physician who specializes in anesthesia. It is the job of an anesthesiologist to ensure a patient’s safety while undergoing surgery and avoiding pain. This is accomplished in one of three ways: general anesthesia which is to put the patient to sleep; sedation, which is to make the patient unaware of the procedure; or local anesthesia which numbs a part of the body.

Great advancements have been made in the science of anesthesia over the last 175 years. However, mistakes do happen and in many cases they are preventable.

ANESTHESIA ERROR CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURIES

Our firm helps persons who have suffered a medical injury due to an error caused by an anesthesiologist. Sometimes an anesthesia error occurs when a dosage was not carefully monitored or when the actual drug used was improperly administered. Errors in anesthesiology can be devastating and can include brain damage or sometimes death. If there was a critical anesthesia error in your case, our medical experts and lawyers will find it.

What Should I Expect From My Anesthesiologist?

You should expect your anesthesiologist to meet with you weeks before your surgery in order to determine whether surgery is for you. The physician should ask you many questions about your health history to ensure your safety during surgery and should answer any questions you might have.

During your surgery, the anesthesiologist manages your pain and is expected to vigilantly monitor your anesthesia and vitals. Should there be any problems during surgery, your anesthesiologist is there to mange it.

Following surgery, your anesthesiologist is supervising other medical personnel that are monitoring your recovery. Usually, it is the anesthesiologist that decides subsequent moves following surgery, such as your transfer from the surgical unit to a room where you can receive visitors.

When Does Medical Negligence Related To Anesthesia Occur?

Negligent administration of anesthesia 

A very high dosage of anesthesia could be toxic or lethal, depending on the type used. If the patient is receiving general anesthesia, a negligent administration could lead to a heart attack or a stroke. A local anesthesia can damage nerves and cause immense pain if administered incorrectly.

Failing to monitor vital signs during surgery
Faulty equipment used during the administration of anesthesia
Failure to inform patient about dietary restrictions
Failure to review the patient’s medical history prior to administration
Improper intubation

Total Dedication

If you suffered a serious injury due to an anesthesia error and medical negligence, then you must act quickly and contact a medical malpractice law firm. There is a time limit for filing a lawsuit.

Please contact us for more information about your case so that we may determine the best course of action.

You can count on our total dedication to you. We rely on the best experts to help us evaluate your case. With our firm on your side, you will have an attorney directly available to you.  Contact us at 202-330-6290 or info@serranolegal.com for a free initial consultation.

I Can’t Afford A Medical Malpractice Lawyer. Can You Help Me?

We work on a contingency basis which means that you will not pay us anything for our services unless we are successful in resolving your case. In the case of a favorable outcome, our fee is a percentage of the total amount recovered. If we are not able to obtain a favorable outcome, then you owe us nothing for our time or expenses.

How Can Anesthesiology Errors Be Avoided?

Good teamwork is often the best medicine. Having physicians observing other physicians during surgery cuts down on mistakes. 

Computer monitoring is a helpful tool to detect problems before they become unmanageable. 

Some other tools include:

Improved supervision of assistantS and other personnel in the surgery room
Better education and training
Improving documentation practices
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