Common Types of Anesthesia Errors
Administering anesthesia is a common step in nearly all surgeries that take place in Grand Junction. That being said, there are a few different anesthesia types, including general anesthesia (resulting in unconsciousness), local anesthesia (which numbs a specific location to be operated on), spinal anesthesia (also called an epidural – most commonly used during childbirth), and more.
The type of error that’s made and the severity of that error may depend, in part, on the type of anesthesia being administered. Common types of anesthesia errors include:
- Administering the wrong type of anesthetic;
- Administering the wrong dosage of an anesthetic;
- Failing to properly monitor the patient pre-, during, and post-anesthesia;
- Failing to monitor oxygen delivery;
- Failing to recognize any problems if they develop and respond quickly;
- Failing to properly prepare the patient for anesthesia (i.e. give instructions about eating, etc.); or
- Using defective or contaminated medical devices to administer the anesthesia.