Oregon Medical Malpractice Due to Anesthesia Errors: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers Explain
Anesthesia is a powerful cocktail of three drugs. These drugs are intended to put you to sleep, paralyze you, and block your pain. For most surgeries and procedures, anesthesia properly performs as intended. However, sometimes anesthesia errors could result in serious personal injuries or even the wrongful death of a patient. This is particularly true of young patients, elderly patients, or patients that are in a weakened state of health. The anesthesia errors could result in serious personal injuries from healthcare providers such as nurses, technicians, doctors, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare professionals. Our Portland medical malpractice lawyers know that anesthesia errors could be devastating and potentially catastrophic Oregon medical malpractice cases. Learn about common anesthesia errors and what causes them below to protect your rights.
What are Common Anesthesia Errors?
Due to the powerful nature of anesthesia drugs, anesthesia errors could result in very serious injuries. Although most administrations of anesthesia are without a problem, sometimes anesthesia errors do occur. There are many possible reasons why anesthesia errors occur. Most of the reasons are due to Oregon medical malpractice. This includes reckless, careless, and potentially negligent actions or inactions by hospital and anesthesia staff.
Some of the most common types of anesthesia errors include the following:
- Incorrect mixture or combination of anesthesia drugs, or with other drugs used during the surgery;
- Failure to secure an airway;
- Improper positioning;
- Failure to maintain perfusion during procedure;
- Failure to maintain blood pressure;
- Failing to monitor oxygen saturation;
- Improperly administrating anesthesia;
- Complications and drug reactions due to anesthesia;
- Delays in reacting to complications;
- Causing foreseeable complications which should have been avoided; and
- Many other common anesthesia errors.
Damages from Catastrophic Oregon Medical Malpractice With Anesthesia
Since anesthesia is very caustic and a very powerful combination of drugs, damages from anesthesia errors are usually devastating or catastrophic. The main types of injuries caused by anesthesia errors are those relating to a lack of oxygen, or hypoxic injuries. The danger with hypoxic injuries is that the brain suffers irreparably after only a few minutes without oxygen. This lack of oxygen could be caused by the powerful drugs, lack of perfusion, or simply by failing to maintain a full airway during the procedure.
Some of the most common damages and injuries from anesthesia errors include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Spinal cord injury, particularly due to a lack of perfusion;
- Vision damage;
- Hearing loss;
- Nerve damage;
- Esophageal perfusions;
- Lung damage;
- Wrongful death;
- Tissue damage at IV site if IV comes out or is pushed through; and
- Many other common causes.
Victims of Anesthesia Catastrophic Oregon Medical Malpractice Should Call Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Anesthesia errors are simply scary. This is because of the massive damage that they can cause. Not only does this include debilitating injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, but also wrongful death. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
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