During any surgery, the risk of brain injury is present. There are a number of ways that surgical errors, mistakes, misdiagnosis and neglect can lead to oxygen deprivation during surgery that can cause a permanent brain injury to a patient. Some of the common and unfortunate results can include:
- Bradycardia, reduced heart rate, can prevent the heart from pumping blood to the brain to sufficiently allow the brain to thrive. Depriving the brain cells of oxygen can cause permanent brain injury or death. The failure of a health care provider to accurately and timely diagnose and a treat a cardiac event during surgery can result in unnecessary delay and treatment of a preventable injury to the patient and to the person’s brain function.
- Excessive bleeding during surgery can lead to deprivation of sufficient blood flow to the brain causing permanent brain damage. Again the delay in diagnosis or treatment to stop or curtail the bleeding and restore oxygen to the brain could cause permanent and severe brain damage or death.
- During surgery, anesthesia errors which may include insufficient or excessive medicine or choosing not to monitor the patient’s vital signs, breathing, heart rate can be a cause of brain injury to a surgical patient.
- During any surgery where the patient is asleep, anesthesiology, perfusionists and surgeons must be alert to the patient’s circulation of blood. If the blood pressure drops to a low level for an extended period of time, the output of blood to the brain may be insufficient to keep the brain from losing cells and dying. In some surgeries, there is significant blood loss that would drop blood pressure dramatically and cause brain damage to the patient.
The medical issues that arise in a brain injury case are complex. Medical errors by anesthesiologists, surgeons and operating room personnel, can cause severe injuries to the brain and spinal cord. Brain injuries can also occur when early signs of stroke, such as transient ischemic attacks are not recognized and treated timely. Brain injuries are common in surgeries even though most surgeries directly involve the brain. Major bleeding can occur if the surgeons chose not to use safe techniques in controlling bleeding and blood pressure.
Newborn babies can also suffer brain surgery prior to and during delivery because of insufficient blood flow to the brain. Negligence can be the cause of newborn brain injuries because of neglect by the anesthesiologist or obstetrician involved in the delivery.
If you or someone you know or love has been involved in a brain injury, please call us for an immediate free consultation. Robert Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has been handling Chicago and Illinois brain injury cases for more than 40 years.
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