Although anesthesia is crucial for surgical success, an overdose of anesthesia can lead to life-threatening conditions for a patient. The anesthetists are usually expected to be knowledgeable about the various types of anesthesia, the required dosage, and the rates of injection-for the anesthesia to work accurately during surgery.
Recently, the global records of anesthesia induced death rates have increased. The global statistics for anesthesia fatalities claim that one in every 20 patients die from general anesthesia in a typical year, while one in every 10 patients over 65 years of age die due to general anesthesia.
What are the common causes of anesthesia overdose?
Here are some probable causes leading to anesthesia overdose:
· Administering an improper dose of anesthesia to the elderly or ill patients
· Administering anesthesia at an improper injection rate
· Selecting the incorrect type of anesthetic
· Combining drugs, which are incompatible
· Mismatched instrument values between vaporizers anesthetic gas monitor
What are the common patient outcomes of anesthesia overdose?
Here are some commonly observed patient outcomes after anesthesia overdose:
· Sudden drop in blood pressure
· Increase anesthetic blood levels due to a lack of plasma proteins
· Anesthetic toxicity leading to mental disturbance, neurological problems, or cardiovascular symptoms
· Allergic reactions
· Anaphylactic shock
Anesthetic toxicity often surfaces even after 30 minutes of anesthesia overdose, so it is imperative that doctors continue to monitor the patients for a long time after administering anesthesia. During a surgery, if anesthetists fail to monitor the patient closely resulting in anesthesia overdose, then such anesthetists can be held liable for medical malpractice.
What to do after patient suffers due to anesthesia overdose?
If a patient's family members have solid proof that anesthesia overdose during surgery cause permanent health damages to their hospitalized family member, they have the option of contacting a medical malpractice law firm to discuss the case. A medical malpractice law firm will evaluate the merits of an anesthesia overdose case, and appropriately guide the affected client to file a lawsuit against the hospital, doctors, and anesthetists for causing serious and lasting injuries to a patient during surgery.
What will a medical malpractice law firm do?
An experienced medical malpractice law firm will assess, based on the available evidence:
· If an overdose of anesthesia during a surgery caused serious health impairments after the surgery
· If the patients was left unmonitored by doctors and anesthetists leading to life-threatening problems for the patient.
· Whether some drugs were administered with anesthesia that could have contributed to the damaging consequences
· Whether the patients' allergic pre-conditions is any were taken into account before administering anesthesia
If one or more of the above stipulated conditions is found to be true, then the responsible doctors and anesthetists will be held guilty of gross negligence and medical malpractice.
Your family member has just suffered from anesthetic toxicity and you need to immediately contact a medical malpractice law firm to discuss your legal options. You can call the legal team of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212-344-1000 for a free consultation. We will determine if your case is viable. We are not paid until you are paid. We know how to win cases and we have the medical experts to support your case if we march forward.
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