Labor And Delivery Anesthesia Mistakes

Labor And Delivery Anesthesia Mistakes

Anesthesiologists must be careful when administering drugs to patients, especially to women who are going through childbirth. They must use the correct drugs in the proper amounts. Even a small deviation from standard procedure can create long-term consequences for the mother and/or child.Labor And Delivery Anesthesia Mistakes

Anesthesia Options for Women During Labor and Delivery

A woman expecting a child has various options as to what anesthesia (if any) is used during childbirth. The most common are the following:

  • natural childbirth – no medication used
  • pudendal block – anesthetic injected into the pudendal nerve prior to the use of birthing tools
  • epidural – administered in the spine during active phase of labor to reduce pain
  • general/spinal anesthesia – used for cesarean deliveries
  • local anesthesia – given after delivery for patients who required an episiotomy

What Can Happen if Anesthesia Is Administered Improperly

Errors occur when the anesthesiologist is negligent and fails to use the drugs in the proper manner. Errors can occur in the preparation of the medication (type/dose) and equipment (proper needle), in positioning the patient (usually on her side), and in the actual administration of the drug.

Depending on the specific medication used and the error made, several complications can occur. Complications for the mother include:

  • headaches
  • nerve damage
  • respiratory issues
  • seizures
  • cardiac arrest
  • wrongful death

Complications for the baby include:

  • respiratory issues
  • brain injury
  • coma
  • wrongful death

What to Do if an Anesthesia Error Causes Injury to Mother or Baby

If you or your child were left with a life-changing condition due to an anesthetic error during labor or delivery, you may have a case of medical malpractice. Part of an anesthesiologist’s job is to take extra care in order to ensure that all patients remain safe and healthy, and they should be held accountable when they fail to do so.

Thurswell Law can represent you and your family to negotiate a settlement or take your case to court. For over 48 years, our attorneys have helped victims of medical malpractice secure the finances they need. Call Thurswell Law today to schedule your free consultation at (248) 354-2222. No fee unless you collect.

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