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Anesthesia risks and prevention

The idea of being placed under general anesthesia is frightening to many New Yorkers who have upcoming scheduled surgeries. While anesthesia errors are relatively uncommon, they can be deadly when they do occur. There are several things people can do to lessen the risks involved with anesthesia when they are preparing for a procedure.

Not all surgical procedures require general anesthesia. Sometimes, people can opt for a local anesthetic or a spinal block, so people might want to ask whether they have some alternatives they could choose. If it is possible to meet with the anesthesiologist, it can be a good way to learn more about what will happen and what the options are. People should ask questions about how their health statuses and age may affect their reaction to general anesthesia.

If people have family members that have reacted badly to anesthesia, they should make their doctors aware of it. Rarely, some people will inherit a susceptibility to reacting badly. Similarly, if patients themselves have had a previous bad reaction, this information should also be communicated. People should also do what their doctors tell them regarding not eating for the specified number of hours before surgery. This can help prevent people vomiting and then aspirating.

Anesthesia errors, while rare, can be very dangerous. Making certain to follow all of the instructions and to clearly communicate with the medical staff is important. If a person is seriously injured or dies during surgery because of an anesthesia error, a personal injury attorney may help the injured victim or the family of the person who died by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

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