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What Causes an Anesthesia Complication or Error?

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Anesthesia errors can be caused by a number of things, but typically, the doctor or medical professional who is administering or monitoring the patient’s anesthesia can—and should—take action to prevent these errors from occurring in the first place. Hospitals and medical facilities have procedures in place to ensure that anesthesia is used safely, but mistakes do happen. Here’s a list of common anesthesia errors.

1

Failing to administer the correct dosage.

This might happen if the doctor or anesthesiologist makes an error in calculation, or if the anesthetic product is labelled incorrectly.

2

Failing to intubate.

There are times when an anesthesiologist will intubate the patient to help him or her breathe during surgery. If the intubation is not done, or is done improperly, the patient could suffer serious injuries.

3

Failing to monitor the patient’s vitals.

While a patient is under anesthesia, it’s critical that the anesthesiologist monitor his or her levels of consciousness and vital signs to ensure that the patient isn’t suffering or experiencing complications.

4

Failing to administer at the right time.

Delaying a patient’s dosage of anesthesia could prevent the patient from receiving the benefits of the pain blocker. Delays can be caused by anesthesiologist error, faulty equipment, or other complications.

5

Leaving the patient unattended.

This goes hand-in-hand with the duty to monitor the patient’s vitals. The anesthesiologist, or the medical providers on hand, should be responsible for ensuring that the patient is attended at all times during the surgery, to keep an eye on his or her status, and catch any early signs of distress or complication.

6

Prolonging patient’s time under anesthesia.

If a patient is under anesthesia for too long, he or she could suffer serious complications.

7

Failing to communicate the procedural requirements beforehand.

Doctors and patients should have thorough conversations about what is required before surgery, including the administration of anesthesia.