Anesthesiologists provide medical care to patients before, during, and after surgical procedures. This includes a preoperative medical evaluation of each patient before surgery, consultation and planning of the surgery with the surgeons, creating a plan for the anesthesia tailored to each individual patient, airway management, intraoperative life support and provision of pain control, intraoperative diagnostic stabilizing and preparing patients for emergency surgery are mandatory, essential, and critical skills of which anesthesiologists have been trained to employ.
In a medical malpractice case, anesthesiologist expert witnesses can review the facts and evidence to determine whether or not there was a departure from the standards of care. If there was malpractice, the anesthesiologist expert witness can identify the exact instance(s) of malpractice to help you build a strong case for your client. If no malpractice is identified, you can close the case rather than pursuing a time-consuming and costly trial.
1) “Anesthesiology Case – Medical Malpractice”
After any major chest or abdominal surgery, the patient has pain, may not be able to cough well, and may develop pneunonia. The doctor has to be sure that the patient is breathing properly, has physical therapy for the chest problems, or suction of the throat and trachea if needed. A tracheostomy, which is a cut in the windpipe, for direct and frequent suctioning of chronic lung patients, should be performed when indicated. If their lungs are failing, they should be given adequate oxygen by putting them on a respirator (ventilator). All these are parameters which have to be reviewed with regard to postoperative care of patients.
2) “Missed Diagnosis of Pre-Eclampsia”
If the patient starts out her pregnancy with 130/70 blood pressure and the 70 changes to 80, it must be looked at, not necessarily treated, but looked at. If the 80 goes up to 85, then you have to be concerned about the possibility of early pre-eclampsia, a high blood pressure condition in pregnancy which can cause damage to the mother and the baby. When there is high blood pressure in the mother, blood flow to the placenta, which nourishes the baby, is impaired and there is a higher risk of the placenta separating from the lining of the uterus (abruptio placenta).
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