Anesthesiologist's have a duty to adhere to the standards of medical competence and skill in the administration of anesthesia. If an anesthesiologist fails to use “the same degree of skill and learning, under the same or similar circumstances, that are used by other members of the medical profession” and makes a mistake, then the anesthesiologist will be liable for medical malpractice.
Errors Anesthesiologists Make
- Giving the incorrect dosage of the drug to the patient
- Not checking if patient is allergic to anesthesia
- Inadequately evaluating patient prior to administrating the drug
- Not checking if patient takes other medications
- Poorly monitoring patient's vital signs
Vital Signs Anesthesiologists Must Keep Track Of ?
When an anesthesiologist is negligent in monitoring a patient's vital signs, the anesthesiologist will be liable for the patients resulting injuries. They must constantly monitor the following during surgery:
- Patient’s blood pressure
- Amount of bleeding
- Amount of fluids given to patient
Injuries Caused by Anesthesia Malpractice
An anesthesiologist’s failure to provide accepted standards of care may cause the following injuries:
- Heart attack
- Brain injury
- Respiratory failure
- Pain during surgery
- Kidney failure
How Can an Anesthesia Malpractice Lawyer Help?
If you or a loved one has been injured by anesthesia malpractice, contact an anesthesia malpractice lawyer. Experienced medical malpractice lawyers will review medical records and help determine whether the actions of anesthesiologist played a part in causing your injuries. They also have access to qualified medical experts who can help review your case. It is essential that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney today.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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