Anaesthetists specialise in using drugs and pain relief in order to put patients in a suitable state to have an operation. Whilst anaesthetists will often perform procedures such as epidurals during childbirth to relieve pain, the vast majority of their work requires them to use anaesthetising drugs during operations. These are either:
• General: therefore making the patient unconscious for the duration of the procedure, or
• Local: meaning that the patient remains awake throughout the procedure, although they may be sedated or require pain relief during the operation. This is usually for minor operations.
Negligent anaesthetists – common examples
Thankfully, most anaesthetists are very competent professionals and may few if any mistakes. However, some are less attentive and as a result people can come to harm at the hands of a negligent anaesthetist. Below is a list of some of the things that can go wrong with anaesthetics and which can give rise to a medical negligence claim:
• If the anaesthetists assessment of you prior to the operation is inadequate it could lead to them missing important things which would make certain anaesthetic drugs dangerous
• Whilst under anaesthetic the endotracheal tube can move out of position starving the brain of oxygen and ultimately leading to permanent damage. If this tube was incorrectly placed to start with or the anaesthetist failed to take the necessary steps to prevent is becoming dislodged, they may have been negligent
• The anaesthetist must also be alert after the operation to prevent accident biting of the ET tube, airway contraction or Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
In many hospitals, anaesthetists will also serve as part of the cardiac arrest tea, helping to resuscitate patients who go into cardiac arrest. If they fail to resuscitate patients safely, those patients could end up with brain damage and have grounds to claim mcompensation.
Anaesthetists are sometimes requires to inject clients regionally or in the spine in order to relieve pain. However, when this is not done correctly, it can result in nerve damage, damage to the spinal cord and possibly even paralysis. This could be another example of an anaesthetist causing a medical negligence compensation claim.
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