Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia Errors Fall Under the Area of Medical Malpractice

An anesthesia error is an error by the anesthesiologist, doctor or other medical staff during surgery due to too much anesthesia, too little anesthesia and any other mistake that can occur due to lack of proper care.

The most common mistakes and errors when using anesthesia are:

  • Too much anesthesia
  • Too little anesthesia (anesthesia awareness)
  • Delayed anesthesia delivery
  • Prescription drug interactions with the anesthesia
  • Failing to provide the patient with instructions, such as not eating or drinking prior to surgery
  • Failure to monitor a patient or administer oxygen during surgery
  • Administering anesthesia to an allergic patient
  • Defective medical devices used during sedation

Common problems caused by these mistakes may include

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