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Anesthesiologists can make medication errors, harming patients

Entering the operating room can be frightening. People in Florida may fear that something will go wrong during the procedure that could cause them harm. They may even fear they may not survive the surgery. When a person must undergo an operation, they depend on all medical professionals involved to ensure the procedure runs smoothly and without complications.

All medical personnel present during an operation have certain duties. Anesthesiologists are tasked with prescribing, preparing and administering drugs to patients. The anesthesiologist is not assisted by another person, does not have technological support and is often working in a stressful environment. Therefore, it may come as no surprise to hear that anesthesiologists can make medication errors.

In general, there are two ways an anesthesiologist can make a medication error. One is if the anesthesiologist selects the wrong drug vial. Some of these vials look somewhat alike and a momentary lapse in judgment could cause an anesthesiologist to select the wrong vial without even being aware of the mistake. The second way an anesthesiologist can make a medication error is to use the wrong syringe after the drug is taken out of the vial.

People undergoing an operation place their trust in the hands of the anesthesiologist, with the expectation that mistakes won't happen. Unfortunately, human error will occur. When it does, and a patient is harmed, the patient may wonder if there is anything they can do to be compensated for the damages they suffered.

One option that may be available in some situations is pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit. In such a lawsuit, it may be possible to hold both the anesthesiologist as well as the hospital responsible for the mistake. A medical malpractice lawsuit hinges on whether the mistake made by the medical professional constituted negligence. Therefore, it must be established that the medical professional had a duty to the patient, that the individual did not follow the correct standard of care, that the patient's injury was caused by this deviation and, as a result, the patient suffered damages.

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