Medical Malpractice: Anesthesia Error

Countless surgical patients find it distressing to learn that the anesthesiologist, the Medical Doctor who specializes in anesthesia, doesn't stay in the operating room once the patient is unconscious. It is common practice for the anesthesiologist to leave the patient in the hands of an frequently overworked nurse anesthetist. This can lead to medical malpractice.

The nurse anesthetist, is responsible for observing the patient with regard to anesthesia during surgery. In the majority of cases, this procedure works well. However, when complications arise and a medical decision must be made fast, there often isn't time to find the anesthesiologist to make the critical decision. Just a few seconds wasted finding the doctor and getting the doctor back on the case can be fatal.

An anesthesia error can result in a wrongful death or permanent brain damage.