Anesthesiologists Administer DrugsDangerous Anesthesia Overdoses
Anesthesiologists serve as a patient’s guide and protector as they travel helplessly travel through medically induced states of altered consciousness. The risk of overdoses from illegal drugs is well known but similar risks exist with anesthesia administered by anesthesiologists. An anesthesiologist must not give too much or too little anesthesia. Too much anesthesia can cause death, coma or brain injury. Too little anesthesia may result in a patient waking up or recalling a surgical procedure. Errors in the dose administered may result in serious injuries warranting a malpractice claim. Anesthesiologists often rely on medications that create temporary paralysis. This can result in a patient being conscious while unable to speak while being aware of the surgical procedure and being able to experience the pain of the procedure. This condition is known as anesthesia awareness and patients report hearing conversations in the operating room, and often feeling as if they were unable to breath.