Most operations that are performed in the UK go without a hitch, however occasionally mistakes do happen (unfortunately for the patient). Anaesthetic is a crucial part of any surgery; and there is a delicate balance that is needed when dealing with monitoring the patient’s consciousness and the administration of the anaesthetic. Regrettably, the balance hasn’t been correctly maintained in a number of operations. There are around 2 people in a 1000 who have suffered from anaesthetic awareness or associated complications, and all of those people are able to find some sort of compensation.
It’s in these situations that you’re at your most vulnerable and your faith has been placed in a medical professional. You are completely trusting them to look after you and if they let you down by being negligent, the consequences could be life changing.
Regaining consciousness during an operation is usually an extremely damaging and distressing experience, it can even lead to post traumatic stress disorder. You experience anaesthesia awareness when you haven’t received enough anaesthetic to last the duration of your surgery. There are two main reasons behind you ‘waking up’ during your surgery; either the anaesthetist has miscalculated the level of anaesthetic that is required to keep you unconscious, or the machinery that is used to administer the anaesthetic has malfunctioned.
Common Anaesthetic Incidents can include:
- If a dose of general anaesthesia is administered poorly this can lead to a temporary or even a permanent paralysis. The reason behind this is down to nerve or spinal damage.
This is most common during childbirth, when a mother is administered anaesthesia in form of an epidural.
- If there is negligence when the anaesthesia is being administered, then in some cases the patient can be put into an induced coma. In worse case scenarios, the patient could even die.
- If the breathing of the patient isn’t closely monitored when under anaesthetic, brain damage can be caused by lack of oxygen to the brain.
- The patient can be allowed to feel unnecessary pain if the dosage is incorrect.
The risks associated with local anaesthesia are much less, and the side effects that are experienced include dizziness, headaches, twitching muscles & blurred vision. There are some complications that are more serious, such as seizures or cardiac arrest. These can develop but only if the operation is being poorly monitored. Those situations are, however, very rare.
The errors that are related to procedures involving Anaesthetic are well publicised, and they have a number of preventative measures including:
- Making sure the patients history is very thorough and taking note of any allergies in detail.
- All patients should be given the appropriate pre-medication, keeping in mind that more resilient patients may need higher levels.
- Establish that all machinery & apparatus is thoroughly checked for any faults, and any individuals that are working among the machinery are thoroughly trained.
If you have suffered as a result of a mistake with pharmaceutical drugs then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.
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