Will I wake up? That question crosses every surgical patient’s mind. Surgery patients have very little personal contact with their anesthesiologist before or after an operation. However, the anesthesiologist is a very important person in any surgery. The anesthesiologist has many responsibilities during an operation. He or she administers medication throughout a surgery that causes a loss of sensation. The anesthesiologist monitors the patient’s condition and vital signs – blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, oxygen saturation – during the surgery. The anesthesiologist is also responsible for the patient’s well-being immediately after surgery.
When an anesthesiologist administers the wrong anesthetic or administers anesthesia in the wrong dosage, the results can be catastrophic. Likewise, significant injuries can result if a patient is not monitored properly during surgery.
When we represent patients who have suffered anesthesia-related medical malpractice injuries, we carefully review the surgery records and consult with anesthesiologists to determine the best way to present the patient’s claim.