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Hospital Acquired InfectionWhen patients undergo a surgical procedure, they are offered one of three types of anesthesia: local, regional, or general.

Local anesthesia is the safest and is applied at the source of the injury to reduce the pain or sensations the patient may feel during the procedure. This is common for stitches and other minor medical problems that require care.

Regional anesthesia is applied to a specific part of the body to make it numb, to relieve pain, or allow surgical procedures to move forward.

General anesthesia is a combination of medications that place the patient in a sleep-like state before surgery or another major medical procedure.

When someone considers their surgical options, one of the greatest concerns is an error in anesthesia occurring that causes them to feel pain, become significantly harmed, wake up during surgery, or even die during a procedure.

Controlling the patient’s anesthesia properly is as important as or perhaps more important than doing the surgery correctly. When an anesthesiology error occurs, the results can be devastating.


An anesthesiologist or another member of the hospital personnel can cause serious errors during any part of the surgical preparation or procedure. If a patient is seriously harmed by any of these mistakes, a case may be made for medical malpractice.

These errors include:

  • Inattention or failure to always monitor the patient
  • Not instructing the patient on when to stop eating or drinking any fluids a certain number of hours before surgery
  • Failing to review restrictions with the patient immediately before surgery
  • Failing to maintain proper oxygen levels during the surgery
  • Giving the patient an anesthetic that causes a serious allergic reaction
  • Keeping the patient under anesthesia for too long
  • Not keeping the patient under anesthesia long enough or not giving enough anesthesia, causing the patient to wake up, feel pain, or not be able to move or talk
  • Not recognizing complications when they occur
  • Broken equipment
  • Errors made during intubation (inserting a tube into the patient’s mouth and down through the windpipe to assist in breathing)
  • Encountering interactions between a patient’s medication and anesthesia


Anesthesia errors will affect each patient differently, and the consequences can range from short-term to long-term injuries.

They can include:

  • Brain damage from lack of oxygen
  • Coma
  • Death
  • Trachea (windpipe) damage from improper intubation
  • Damage to the heart or vascular system
  • Harm to a child being born or birth injuries
  • Spinal cord injury because of injection mistakes during delivery of the anesthesia

The job of the anesthesiologist is as critical to the patient’s health as the job of the other members of the surgical team. Mistakes can have serious, even fatal, consequences.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by mistakes made by the anesthesiologist, you should contact our Las Vegas medical malpractice lawyer right away. 

We can help you recover financially from the damages you have suffered, beginning with a free consultation by calling 702-830-7153 to speak with our Las Vegas medical malpractice attorneys at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith today.




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