When Incorrect Monitoring Can Lead To Anesthesia Complications
When you are brought in for surgery and are required to go under anesthesia what is really happening, according to Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Emery Brown, is you are going into a comatose state. While most doctors or nurses will tell you you’ll be in a deep sleep, this isn’t entirely true.
Under anesthesia your body is in a medically induced coma which eliminates the pain you might feel during a surgery. It also renders you immobile during the surgery allowing your surgeons to operate on you safely.
However, this comatose state requires that all of your organs and vital signs be monitored very closely throughout the procedure. Much of this monitoring is done by machines that measure heart rate, brain activity and more, but a portion of this monitoring is done by humans which leaves the process open to vulnerabilities.
Being under anesthesia requires vigilance by the anesthesiologist who is administering the drugs to put you under. If you are not being closely monitored during the procedure it could lead to complications and may be grounds for filing a medical malpractice case.