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Anesthesia mistake led to man's death, medical malpractice suit

Anesthesia allows people in Providence to be operated on without feeling any pain and in most cases the administration of it is a smooth process. However, because multiple drugs are often used, drug mix-ups could prove fatal to a patient since the drugs may control the heartbeat and pulse of the person under their influence. It is therefore imperative that hospital personnel, the anesthesiologist and the surgeon take special care to ensure that patients are receiving the right drugs and the right dosage.

An anesthesia malpractice lawsuit has been filed after a man died from being given the wrong drug during a surgical procedure. The lawsuit claims that the man's two adult children were informed of the mistake by the anesthesiologist herself but that records from the surgery were altered by someone at the hospital. It is not clear whether the notes regarding the mistake were edited out.

Prior to the operation, the man’s health charts indicated that he was improving from his original condition and that it was only after the mistake with the anesthesia that the man’s health slowly deteriorated until he died. The siblings are asking for $10,000 in compensation for their loss and neither they, or the hospital has made any public statement.

When complications develop from drug mistakes involving anesthesia, they can leave a victim incapacitated or fighting for their life. Doctors have the responsibility to protect the lives and well-being of their patients and when they fail in this responsibility, family members may want to take legal action to hold them accountable.

Source: The Dispatch, “Siblings file medical malpractice suit over death of father,” Darrick Ignasiak, June 20, 2013

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