Baltimore Hospital Negligence Lawyers: When Anesthesia Goes Wrong

Popular medical dramas generally focus on brilliant, curmudgeonly surgeons or brilliant, dedicated emergency room residents. They seldom feature anesthesiologists. In any hospital, however, these highly trained specialists are responsible for administering the right dose of paralytics and pain-blocking drugs and monitoring patients before, during and after surgical or other procedures.

Along with surgical risks, there are risks with anesthesia. There is also the chance that an anesthesiologist might be negligent, or make a decision that is contrary to accepted professional standards — with serious or fatal consequences to the patient. Such incidents may be grounds for a medical malpractice suit.

Medical errors related to anesthesia which can cause injury or death include:

  • Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, which leads to brain damage
  • Dosage errors, leading to anesthesia awareness or other side effects
  • Improper intubation, which can cause hypoxia or tissue damage
  • Failure to monitor patient

Anesthesia awareness occurs when a patient is physically paralyzed but mentally alert during a surgery, a horrific experience that can induce post-traumatic stress disorder or other long-term psychological problems. Up to 200 patients report experiencing anesthesia awareness each day, a number that does not include pediatric patients.

The requirements for becoming a licensed anesthesiologist in Maryland are rigorous, but, in return, this is one of the highest paid medical specializations. If you have been harmed because your anesthesiologist failed to uphold the standard care of duty, speak with a trustworthy medical malpractice law firm about your legal rights and options in pursuing compensation for your injuries. Our Baltimore hospital negligence lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. can help you.