Study Examines Common Medical Errors Made by Anesthesiologists

by Staff Blogger | November 13th, 2014

Before undergoing a major medical procedure, it’s likely you may receive treatment from a doctor called an anesthesiologist. These medical practitioners are the individuals who are responsible for putting patients to sleep, but more importantly, waking them back up after surgery or treatment.

Anesthesiologists sometimes make mistakes though, which can cause patients great harm and can sometimes even lead to a medical malpractice claim being filed against the doctor. But what are the most common medical errors made by anesthesiologists today?

One new study published in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management examined this question in detail. Researchers looked at 607 medical malpractice claims that were filed against anesthesiologists and concluded some of the most regularly reported injuries included:

  • Tooth damage
  • Death
  • Nerve damage
  • Organ damage
  • Pain
  • Cardiac or respiratory arrest

In 15 percent of these cases, it was found that inadequate preoperative assessments were to blame for the mistake that was made in the patient’s care.

So what should you do if you’ve suffered an injury at the hands of an anesthesiologist? The Roanoke personal injury lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm would suggest discussing your legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately. Our legal professionals are available to answer any questions you may have by calling (866) 215-8065.