Anesthesia has become a common part of the healthcare industry. It is used to numb the body and relieve sensations that may give way to pain. The administration of anesthesia is very controlled in hopes that a patient receives no more than is necessary to achieve the desired effect.
These drugs can be administered in one of three ways. The first is called local anesthetic. Here, a patient remains conscious during a procedure, and anesthetic is typically injected to numb the area where the procedure is to occur.
The second is regional anesthesia. This type of anesthesia is meant to numb a specific area of the body, usually by injecting the anesthetic agent into a bundle of nerves. This is often seen when women are given an epidural to alleviate pain during childbirth. However, it can also be used near the spinal cord to numb the lower body.
The last type of anesthesia is general anesthesia. This is where a patient is rendered unconscious for the purpose of eliminating all sensation so that more serious surgical procedures can be conducted. The anesthetic agent is typically inhaled by the patient or is introduced into the patient’s body intravenously.
Although the administration of anesthesia may sound relatively simple, it requires knowledge, precision and attentiveness. Those medical professionals who lapse in any of these areas can put a patient’s life at risk. Those administering anesthesia should acquire a patient’s complete medical history, and he or she must remain alert while monitoring the use of anesthesia. The dosages must be accurate and given to a patient appropriately. These are just a few of the tasks that can go astray and end up leaving a patient seriously harmed or dead.
Anesthesia errors are unacceptable. Those who have been affected by them should consider consulting with a legal professional who may be able to help them fight for the compensation they deserve.