Anesthesiology Malpractice in 2015
As medical technology evolves, more and more providers are able to offer outpatient surgical options. As such, both surgical and anesthesia related malpractice claims have also risen.
Inpatient services that require anesthesia typically involve a patient checking into a hospital, undergoing pre-operation tests, and then anesthesia is administered just prior to the surgical procedure. The patient is actively monitored before, during and after the procedure to ensure the anesthesia is well tolerated and hopefully no concerns arise.
In outpatient surgical settings, pre-operation and recovery protocols are largely expedited and post-operative monitoring time is reduced.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Anesthesia Claim Costs
While a 9-year study shows a decrease in both inpatient and outpatient claims against anesthesiologists, the data shows an increase in the number of claims in outpatient treatments versus inpatient treatment. Studies indicate inpatient claims are at a higher dollar value, but the prolific number of outpatient claims is certainly concerning.
Inpatient claims were also found to result in death more frequently than in out-patient settings. This could very well be due to the overall physical condition of an in-patient versus an out-patient. Data was provided by the National Practitioner Data Bank.
What Does This Say About Outpatient Anesthesia Complications?
Outpatient anesthesia complications should not be ignored! In my experience, patients have suffered from an array of post-operative complications as a result of anesthesia malpractice. From heart and brain damage, to damage to the senses, paralysis and more – The potential issues from outpatient anesthesia complications can change a life forever.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of anesthesia complications during an outpatient procedure, you need to contact me immediately.