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Anesthesia errors may cause life-altering injuries

Whether it is a root canal, heart procedure or something else, many Pennsylvanians need surgery at one time or another. While surgery can be scary, you can maximize your odds of recovering completely by choosing the right medical team. Unfortunately, though, even top-rated doctors are not perfect. 

Physicians may make a variety of errors during surgery. While some mistakes, such as leaving a surgical instrument inside a patient, make headlines, others largely go unnoticed by the general public. Anesthesia errors often fall into the latter category. Still, these errors may cause life-altering injuries. 

Serious injuries 

General anesthesia side effects range from a sore throat to vomiting. If a doctor or another medical professional makes a mistake, however, you may sustain a serious injury. While anesthesia injuries are uncommon in the United States, they are often severe, including: 

  •         Heart attack
  •         Stroke
  •         Paralysis
  •         Brain damage
  •         Coma
  •         Suffocation
  •         Birth defects 

In rare situations, anesthesia patients experience awareness or even feel pain during a surgical procedure. Naturally, if either happens to you, you may sustain emotional trauma. You may also be reluctant to undergo future surgical procedures. 

Common causes 

A health professional’s negligence before, during or after a surgical procedure may put your life at risk. Here are some common reasons anesthesia errors may occur: 

  •         Administering too much or too little anesthesia
  •         Failing to check allergies or drug interactions
  •         Improperly monitoring a patient during anesthesia delivery
  •         Using defective medical equipment
  •         Failing to instruct patients properly
  •         Incorrectly administering oxygen 

Injury prevention 

To increase your chances of having a successful surgery without anesthesia complications, you must be a diligent patient. Informing your doctor of your medical history before the procedure is essential. You should also tell your physician about any medications and supplements you take. Finally, you should read through the consent form completely and follow all anesthesiologist recommendations. 

You should be able to trust medical professionals to follow strict safety guidelines when administering anesthesia. Still, because mistakes sometimes happen, you should understand what causes anesthesia errors. You also must do your part to stay safe in the operating room.

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