What to Know About Injuries from Surgical MalpracticeTampa Bay Legal News
If you went into a surgical procedure and came out with injuries resulting from negligent malpractice, the stress and strain you feel must be immense. When it comes to malpractice, there are some things you should know.
When a patient goes into a procedure and is going to be having anesthesia, the anesthesiologist will most likely be there at the beginning. However, they may not be there throughout the entire procedure. There will be someone monitoring what is happening though. In lieu of an anesthesiologist, a nurse anesthetist will be there to keep an eye on everything. Anything that happens under the nurse anesthetist is still the anesthesiologist’s responsibility.
The reason monitoring needs to be done is because a patient may become aware or, in other words, wake up while under anesthesia. This could happen because there wasn’t enough medicine distributed initially or the patient had a strong resistance to what was given. When a patient becomes aware, also called anesthesia awareness, it is the responsibility of the anesthesiologist to fix it.
There can be fires during surgery because the three factors that can cause this to occur are usually always present during a procedure. These elements include an igniter, a substance that can increase the spread of a fire, and fuel to get the fire burning. Most of the time, the accelerant that is present is in the form of an oxidizer; an example of this is nitrous oxide which is often used to lessen pain. It is the responsibility of the anesthesiologist to keep tabs on the oxidizer, while the nurse takes care of the fuel. The surgeon will be the one tracking the igniter.
If anyone has a mishap with any of these items and they come into contact with one and another, the results can be severe. Fire risk is at an all-time high when a patient is undergoing a procedure involving the head, neck, and/or chest. While a surgical fire is not very common in the operating room, if it does happen, the results can be catastrophic. A fire can occur either on the outside of the body or, sometimes, on the inside of the body.
There are many steps that the surgical team takes to ensure that they are performing the right procedure, on the right patient, on the right part of the body. While stringent procedures are undertaken to ensure that mistakes are avoided, that doesn’t mean they can’t happen. If a medical error results as an outcome of receiving surgery on a part of your body that did not require an operation, you need to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney to help you work through the legal aspect of finding justice for your medical malpractice claim.
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