Surgical and Anesthesia Errors
A surgical error is a mistake made during an operation that was preventable. Anesthesia errors can come in many different forms, but generally, are due to medical negligence for failing to provide the correct dosage of anesthesia. When you have been injured by the negligence of a surgeon or anesthesiologist, then you need to call Casey Law Co., LPA to learn about your options.
Common Surgical Types
There are a few types of surgical errors that occur. The most common include:
- Making an incision in the wrong location
- Operating on the wrong patient or wrong body part(s)
- Anesthesia errors
- Failing to notice a piece of surgical equipment is still inside a patient, such as instruments or sponges
- Nerve damage
Common Reasons for Surgical Errors
The reasons why surgical errors occur are as diverse as the surgeries themselves. However, there are some common reasons for surgical errors.
If a surgeon has not performed a certain procedure a sufficient amount of times, then they may lack the experience and skill level necessary to perform the procedure safely and competently.
When surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, or others in the operating room are not as careful as they should be, then their negligence can lead to serious mistakes, such as instruments not being properly sterilized.
Insufficient Preoperation Planning
Surgeons and other healthcare professionals in the operating room must adequately prepare for the procedure that they will perform by ensuring that all instruments are available and sterile and that all required equipment is in working order.
Mishearing instructions or being unable to read another’s handwriting can lead to mistakes such as improperly identifying a mark on the patient’s body or failing to make sure that a surgical tool is on hand and ready to be given the moment the doctor needs it.
While hospitals do place limits on how many hours a surgeon can perform surgery before required rest, the truth of the matter is that surgeons work long hours performing very detailed, precise tasks. It is tiring work, and they can become more prone to making mistakes as they fatigue.
Common Anesthesia Errors
The type of medical mistake and the response to the healthcare team have an impact on a patient’s recovery. Some of the most common injuries that are caused by anesthesia errors include:
- Brain damage
- Damage to the trachea
- Heart attack
- Spinal cord injuries
When an anesthesiologist does not administer the correct dose of anesthesia, it can be a traumatic experience to the patient who has regained consciousness during the procedure. Unable to speak but able to hear and understand what is going on around them, anesthesia awareness can cause Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other psychological impacts on the patient.
Injuries Caused During Intubation
Intubation is the process of inserting a tube into the esophagus to allow air to flow into the lungs. The patient is connected to an artificial breathing device. Injuries that could occur during intubation include soft tissue hematomas, arytenoid dislocation, and lacerations.
Common Causes of Anesthesia Errors
When a patient trusts an anesthesiologist to care for them during a procedure, it is devastating when that professional falls short of providing the level of care the patient was expecting. Some of the reasons for injuries include:
- Failing to provide follow-up care
- Prolonging sedation for dangerous amounts of time
- Failing to intubate
- Delaying the delivery of anesthesia
- Failing to monitor the patient correctly
- Failure to inform the patient of pre-and post-procedure care
If you’ve been injured in surgery or due to anesthesia, then we will fight for you to receive compensation for your damages.