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Anesthesia overdose is a potentially deadly surgical error that is entirely preventable. An anesthesiologist is a medical professional dedicated solely to administering your anesthesia and monitoring you for the proper level of consciousness and signs of distress during surgery. If the anesthesiologist fails, then there could be serious side effects.
If you or a loved one has experienced anesthesia overdose, then contact one of our Florida surgical error lawyers for a free consultation at (855) 880-4741.
Causes of Anesthesia Overdose
The use of general anesthesia has become a routine practice, but it still carries considerable risk and must be performed by a highly skilled specialist. Patients under anesthesia must be very closely monitored at all times.
Errors that can lead to anesthesia overdose include:
- Dose too large
- Failure to monitor patient
- Misread chart
- Improperly labeled anesthesia
- Communication error
- Intoxicated operating room staff
- Equipment malfunction
- Adverse drug interactions
Anesthesia overdose can cause death on the operating table, but often the patient dies in the recovery room where monitoring becomes more lax.
Other Anesthesia Errors
Other anesthesia errors can be just as harmful as an overdose, including:
- Intubation mistakes
- Improper administration of oxygen
- Delayed anesthesia administration
- Too little anesthesia
- Failure to provide patient with proper instructions for eating and drinking prior to surgery
- Improper administration of epidural
Anesthesia Error Injuries
Anesthesia errors often involve lack of oxygen and distress during surgery. When a patient is properly monitored and the situation is quickly addressed, injury can usually be prevented.
Injuries resulting from overdose or misapplication of anesthesia include:
- Brain injury
- Heart attack
- Central nervous system damage
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Birth defects
- Awareness and/or pain during surgery
Anesthesia awareness is being conscious and often in pain during surgery but paralyzed and unable to communicate. It is the result of too little anesthesia or delayed delivery.
Anesthesia awareness can have long-term psychological consequences including:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic and anxiety disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Extreme fear of doctors and medical settings
If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by an anesthesia overdose in Orlando, please contact one of our Florida medical malpractice attorneys to discuss your case. Contact Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter online or by calling (855) 880-4741 for a free consultation.