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Know the Risks with Anesthesia Prior to a Surgery in South Dakota

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When you are preparing for surgery in South Dakota, the medical professionals inform you of the risks involved with “going under” or administering anesthesia. We are made to believe that administering anesthesia, whether for dental work, a minor procedure, or a major surgery, is so routine that there is nothing to worry about. We don’t even listen to the warnings. We just sign the paperwork and move on. Perhaps we should not be so quick . . . . 

To many of us heading in for surgery, we know that we will be knocked out by anesthesia, and when we wake, it will all be over. But anesthesia is not used just to keep you comfortable during a procedure, there is a lot that goes into administering and closely monitoring anesthesia. Since proper administration of anesthesia is critical to keeping you alive and maintaining your vital functions, our Sioux Falls personal injury attorneys want you to be aware of the risks associated with it.

Anesthesia risks and errors include:

  • Patient is not properly monitored, and there is a lack of oxygen
  • Patient is given too much or too little anesthesia
  • Patient eats or drinks too close to the procedure, then vomits while under anesthesia
  • Patient is allergic to anesthesia
  • Anesthesia interacts badly with other medications the patient is currently taking
  • Devices used to administer and monitor the anesthesia are not working properly

For additional information, read our library article, “Surgical Errors May Cause Catastrophic South Dakota Personal Injuries.”

At Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, our South Dakota personal injury attorneys are committed to serving you if you have suffered as a result of a surgical error. Call our office at (888) 733-2992, our experienced attorneys serve clients throughout the state. Call or complete the contact form on this page for a free consultation.

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