Anesthesia errors, in most cases, can be credited to human error on the part of the medical professional administering the anesthesia. Sometimes the medical professional administers the incorrect type or dose of medicine, and others times they simply fail to properly monitor the patient’s needs. In either case, the patient is the one who can endure long-term pain because of the mistake.
Why Monitoring the Patient is Crucial
Everyone knows that hospital staff members are juggling many different patients and many stressful situations at once. However, when the medical professional administering the anesthesia fails to monitor the patient closely enough, the following problems are the most common to cause injury to the patient:
- Failure to identify medication complications in the patient
- Administering the anesthesia too late
- Failure to properly explain the procedure requirements the patient needs to follow after taking the anesthesia
- An overdose or underdose of anesthesia
- Poor communication with other hospital staff working with the patient
- Sedating the patient for much longer than is intended
- Failure to provide the proper amount of oxygen to the patient
In addition to properly managing the patient who will be receiving the anesthesia, two key factors in preventing anesthesia errors involve medical records and staff communication. When a patient is scheduled to undergo surgery, they will likely work with doctors, nurses, administrative staff, and surgeons — all of whom are rarely in the same room all at once. When records are not meticulously tracked and communication breaks down, it can result in errors, which can injure the patient in the short-term and long-term.