The timely and proper administration of anesthesia is essential to the success of modern day surgical treatments and procedures. Anesthesiologists are specially trained to insulate the patient from pain and protect the patient from harm. They must know precisely what types and amounts of anesthesia are best suited to the patient and procedure, and must carefully monitor the patient’s vital signs both during and after each procedure. The failure to follow accepted medical standards in New Jersey for the appropriate administration of anesthesia is serious medical malpractice which can cause a patient permanent harm. Severely debilitating brain damage and death from anethesia malpractice is not uncommon.
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New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyer: More About Anesthesia
Anesthesia is word of Greek origin which today means the reversible removal of sensation by pharmacological methods. One drug or combination of drugs is administered to achieve the desired effect. Anesthesia permits patients to have surgery and other medical procedures without pain and distress.
Types of anesthesia are classified as follows:
Local anesthesia stops sensory perception at specific parts of the body, such as a when a dentist is drilling tooth or a surgeion is suturing a wound.
Regional anesthesia effects a larger area of the body, making it numb to sensation by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses between the spinal cord and a particular body part. Two commonly employed types of regional anesthesia are epidural anesthesia and spinal anesthesia.
General anesthesia means the total inhibition of motor, sensory, and sympathetic nerve transmission beginning at the brain. This results in a complete lack of unconsciousness and sensation.
Dissociative anesthesia employs agents that block the transmission of nerve impulses between one part of the brain and another.