Anesthesia is one of the fundamental components of any medical procedure. There is great risk involved when administering anesthesia, but it a risk that generally has to be taken in order for certain medical procedures to be conducted successfully, and so that you do not feel any pain throughout.
What Are Anesthesia Errors?
Anesthesia errors are a form of medical malpractice which is due to medical negligence. It occurs when an anesthesiologist, or another medical practitioner, fails to administer, or incorrectly administers, anesthesia during your medical procedure. These errors can result in injury, disability, and even death.
According to a Johns Hopkins University study, "never events", or events that should never happen in surgery, occur at least 4,000 times each year in the United States.
New analysis shows that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US, resulting in at least 250,000 deaths each year. This means that 10% of all deaths in the country are due to preventable medical errors. Anesthesia errors in New York, are one of these preventable medical mistakes.
An anesthesia error is a mistake that an anesthesiologist, doctor, or other medical professional makes during surgery. This error could be too little anesthesia, too much anesthesia or any other mistake that can be made due to lack of proper care.
Spinal anesthesia, also epidural anesthesia is a recognized and widely practiced alternative to full or general anesthesia in surgical operations of the lower limbs or organs. These are given frequently to women during labor to block out excruciating birthing pain, knee replacement surgeries, prostate surgery, and other surgical operations of the legs and feet.
However, epidural anesthesia, like general anesthesia may be potentially dangerous because of certain hazards. This calls for all anesthesiologists to take special care to minimize or eliminate such potentially hazardous risks.