In any surgical procedure, proper anesthesia management is crucial to ensuring patient safety. While in most cases there are no problems, there are times when unexpected developments arise due to improper anesthesia management. In order for healthcare professionals as well as patients to have a better understanding of the symptoms related to anesthesia problems, here are five of the most common warning signs that improper anesthesia management has happened.
Breathing Tube Damage
In some surgical procedures, patients may experience damage to their throat and larynx due to the breathing tube inserted down their throat by the anesthesiologist. If improperly done, patients can also have teeth loosened or knocked out during this process, requiring additional treatment.
Whether a patient has previous heart problems or not, improper management of anesthesia can cause certain cardiovascular issues. The most common include altered heart rhythm or altered blood pressure, both of which should be closely monitored by the anesthesiologist both pre and post-surgery. If a patient has prior heart problems, these should be discussed with the anesthesiologist prior to any anesthesia being administered. In most cases, blood pressure and heart rhythms usually go lower than normal, affecting other organs as well. More information about this can be found at Your text to link….
Also known as a hypersensitivity reaction, this can often be attributed to the patient being given too much anesthesia during surgery. However, it can also be attributed to an allergic reaction that the anesthesiologist nor the patient expected to take place. While this may seem serious, few people ever fail to wake up. In fact, most patients experiencing this problem are often fully awake within one hour, causing no damage to them whatsoever.
If the anesthesiologist gives the patient an injection too close to a nerve, the result can be nerve damage that may or may not be permanent. Pain and numbness are the primary symptoms, which often occur as soon as the patient awakens. Along with pain and numbness, a patient may also experience weakness near the injection site. Fortunately, this also disappears shortly after the patient awakens.
In some rare situations, patients can develop neurological complications such as strokes due to improper anesthesia management. To keep this from happening, levels of anesthesia must be carefully monitored, and the patient’s previous health history should also be taken into consideration.
While these warning signs sound as if anesthesia is very dangerous, the fact is few if any people have long-lasting complications from having it administered to them during surgery. By discussing any concerns they have with their doctor, virtually any procedure should be error-free.