Anesthesia Errors And Complications
Anesthesia complications can be caused by the anesthesiologist or they may be caused by the negligence of other health care providers. These are examples that constitute medical malpractice:
- The failure to seek informed consent for anesthesia
- The failure of a doctor, anesthesiologist or nurse administering the anesthesia to make sure the patient is properly breathing and receiving sufficient oxygen. Deprivation of oxygen often results in serious complications such as brain damage.
- IVs placed into the wrong artery can also cause serious complications such as stroke.
- The use of the wrong drug during spinal cord anesthesia
- Excessive bleeding at the injection site of spinal cord anesthesia can cause paralysis by putting significant pressure on the spinal cord.
- With regional anesthesia, nerve damage can result if the doctor inserts the needle directly into a nerve.