Undergoing anesthesia is a normal part of many surgical operations that most patients do not think twice about. In reality, though, dangerous problems can arise when medical professionals make mistakes with anesthetics.
Negligence surrounding the use of anesthesia is an example of medical malpractice that can cause permanent issues or even death. As a patient, it is vital that you understand how to prevent anesthesia problems.
Know the risks of anesthesia
Possible risks of anesthesia include postoperative cognitive dysfunction, hyperthermia and life-threatening breathing problems. While it is rare for these issues to occur for patients under the care of a responsible anesthesiologist, it is important to be aware that certain pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or heart disease can make anesthesia more dangerous to use. However, knowing these risks can help you protect yourself by informing the decision of whether or not you should undergo anesthesia at all.
Talk to an anesthesiologist in advance
The role of an anesthesiologist is to administer anesthesia and to ensure that the patient is safe and healthy every step of the way. When you talk to an anesthesiologist ahead of time, they can help you make safer decisions regarding anesthesia by examining your current health and medical history The anesthesiologist might also use this opportunity to recommend changes to your diet or daily habits in advance of your surgery to help make the administration of anesthetics safer.
Being proactive and informed as a surgical patient can help the operation go more smoothly and reduce the chances of medical malpractice occurring. If you do become a medical malpractice victim, it is beneficial to remember that keeping records of your conversations with the anesthesiologist and other medical staff can help support your claim.