People who are having surgery count on their surgeon to do their best so the surgery is a success. While they might not automatically think about this, there’s another doctor who also has to do their best that day – the anesthesiologist.
Many forms of anesthesia are very dangerous, so they must be handled with great care. It’s up to the anesthesiologist to ensure that this medication is being administered properly. The patient must be monitored closely throughout the procedure.
Anesthesiologists must double-check their information
In the frenzy that can occur in the operating room, it’s easy to make an error, but doing so is never acceptable. Anesthesiologists must check everything to ensure they’re doing what’s best for the patient. This includes reviewing the patient’s file for possible contraindications or factors that increase the risk of an anesthesia error.
While they can’t see into the future, an anesthesiologist should be able to determine if there are any scenarios they should be concerned about as they’re working with the patient. This requires a good comprehension of the drug effects and the patient’s medical conditions.
The patient should be monitored during the entire procedure and until they’re fully awake. Vital signs, including respiration rate and heart rate, can signal issues with the patient that can be addressed if they’re found quickly.
If you’ve been harmed by an anesthesiologist’s mistakes or your loved one has been injured, it’s time to take action. Speak to someone with experience in medical malpractice. Since there are time limits on your ability to file a claim, don’t hesitate to seek more information.