Of all the medications used in the healthcare industry, anesthesia is one of the most frequently used and one of the most important. Just about every medical procedure necessitates the use of anesthesia - whether local or general - and unfortunately, due to its complexity, errors can occur.
What is Anesthesia?
In short, anesthesia is a medical treatment that is used to prevent patients from feeling pain during the surgery and other medical procedures.
What is complex about anesthesia is that there are different types of anesthetic drugs, and a cocktail combination of several of these drugs is usually required for a single patient during a single procedure.
Types of Anesthesia
The type of anesthesia selected by your doctor will be dependent on the condition you have, the procedure that is required, as well as your overall health. The types of anesthesia include:
What is Unintended Intraoperative Awareness?
Unintended Intraoperative awareness is a very rare condition whereby patients who have undergone surgery utilizing general anesthesia become aware or conscious during their surgery. This means that they can recall their surroundings and events related to their surgery but are often unable to communicate this to their surgeon due to the paralytics that may have been given.
This can be extremely upsetting and in rare cases, patients have reported being fully awake and capable of feeling the pain of their surgery whilst being unable to inform their surgeon due to full body paralysis.
Although extremely rare (1 to 2 people per 1000 operations), unintentional intraoperative awareness does occur, and the emotional damages can be debilitating. Many patients claim that their unintentional intraoperative awareness was caused by medical negligence and thus pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.
It is crucial to consult with a medical negligence lawyer in such a situation. Unfortunately, because cases of unintentional intraoperative awareness are so rare, it is not yet clear why it occurs and so it is not yet classified as an “anesthesia error.” This is significant, as it affects the validity of your claim and whether you have a viable medical malpractice case or not.
If you consult with a professional NYC medical malpractice attorney, they may be able to help you prove that your unintentional intraoperative awareness occurred as a result of medical negligence. You will then have a valid case of medical malpractice and they will be able to guide you through the entire process that will follow.
If you believe that you or a family member may have experienced unintentional intraoperative awareness due to medical negligence, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Rosenburg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff LLP in NYC today and speak to one of our medical malpractice attorneys.
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