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Pennsylvania man dies after administered anesthesia

A Pennsylvania man died after undergoing cataract surgery. The patient, who had a history of heart disease, suffered a loss of blood pressure shortly after the surgery began. It is now claimed that the general anesthesia brought on cardiac arrest and caused the patient to suffer brain damage.

Given the patient's prior medical condition, it appears that he was a poor candidate to be administered general anesthesia. It has also been asserted in the lawsuit that the complications were likely brought about due to an overdose of the anesthesia.

Whether what has been alleged is accurate will likely be decided during the course of discovery leading up to the trial. Attorneys will argue back and forth concerning what all of the evidence, medical records and observations of witnesses suggest. However, the fact that a patient died extremely soon after surgery began and after being administered general anesthesia does suggest that there was something deficient in his medical care.

Also, awareness of resulting brain damage from the use of anesthesia has become increasingly discussed area in medical circles. Seminars and additional training is now provided for physicians on the topic of the proper administration of anesthesia since resultant injuries from improper administration can be disastrous. Patients have often suffered debilitating brain damage and death as a result.

No matter how minor the procedure may seem, doctors need to take all care in making certain that the procedure is performed safely. Family members often are injured by such malpractice as well in that they often end up being caregivers to loved ones that used to be able to care for themselves. It's often for those family members that medical malpractice claims are filed.

Source: Times Leader, "Doctors sued over eye patient's death," by Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Nov. 13, 2012

  • Victims of brain injury due to medical malpractice will likely require a lifetime of care. For more information, please take a look at our website.

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