Non-Anesthesia Professionals Can Now Administer Sedation Drugs
A recent article published reports that the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the governing body of medication in the United States, will now allow non-anesthesia professionals to administer certain drugs in colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy procedures when requirements are met.
SEDASYS®, the machine used to administer and monitor propofol during colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy procedures, delivers drugs to patients intravenously.The article states that this might be acceptable if a patient has a routine procedure and has fairly typical responses to anesthesia, but once there are complications, the skills and knowledge of a anesthesia professional are mandatory to treat the patient.
The medical malpractice team and attorneys at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan offer these questions to ask your anesthesia team if they are using the SEDASYS® system for your procedure:
- What is the level of training you have on this machine?
- Have you experienced any incorrect medication dosing using this machine?
- Is this machine maintained as suggested by manufacturer guidelines?
- How often is the machine inspected for safety?
If you or a loved one was permanently injured, including death, after a surgical procedure, contact our office or find out if you have a medical malpractice case. Our team, including Bob Messey, MD/JD and Gayle Sullivan, RN/JD, will begin a medical and legal investigation into your claim.
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