Anaesthetic Errors

Anaesthetic errors generally arise out of cases where patients fail to receive anaesthesia to a satisfactory standard resulting in an injury or having to undergo a repeat procedure. Types of anaesthesia complications may include:-

  • Failure to administer local anaesthetic correctly;
  • Delay and failure to diagnose nerve damages following anaesthetic;
  • Failure to administer general anaesthetic correctly;
  • Inadequate administration of anaesthetic;
  • Failure in reviewing a patient's medical notes;
  • Incorrectly trained Medical Practitioner administering anaesthetic;
  • A delay or failure in monitoring a patient;
  • Brain damage due to a failure to correctly intubate resulting in a patient not receiving enough oxygen;
  • Nerve injuries through negligent damage caused by injections, epidurals and nerve blocks;
  • Other anaesthesia errors.

Having a surgical operation can be difficult, which is why general anaesthetic is administered in several operations. However, sometimes mistakes can be made and patients remain awake during their surgery, in great pain, but unable to tell anyone that they can feel the surgery taking place. This can have some catastrophic consequences for patients.

We have dealt with cases of anaesthetic awareness in which anaesthetic given to a patient has successfully paralysed them, but has failed to give them sufficient pain relief. Often, the patient will suffer psychiatric disorders and emotional trauma. They tend to be unwilling to undergo any further surgery that is necessary.