Anesthesia errors occur when a healthcare provider provides the wrong type, dosage or method of administering anesthesia. These errors can occur during surgery, as well as during outpatient procedures. Some common examples of anesthesia errors include:
Providing too much anesthesia
Providing too little anesthesia
Delaying the delivery of anesthesia
Administering the wrong type of anesthesia
Not collecting information on other medications that the patient is taking, which results in an adverse drug reaction
Failing to properly monitor the patient after giving anesthesia to him or her
Anesthesia errors can cause serious drug interactions, allergic reactions, brain damage, organ failure, heart attacks and other serious medical problems.