$2.5 Million Verdict For Inadequate Anesthesia During C-Section

The Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that she was in the hospital and in labor with her first child when the baby’s heartbeat precipitously dropped, leading to her OB determining that an emergency Cesarean section delivery was required…medicalmalpracticelawyers.com, $2.5 Million  Verdict For Inadequate Anesthesia During C-Section, Jan 2024


The lawsuit alleged that the only anesthesiologist at the hospital did not arrive on time for the emergency C-section despite multiple calls. By the time the anesthesiologist arrived for the emergency procedure, the C-section had begun and adequate anesthesia was not achieved until the time the baby’s was delivered.


A study published in 2013 stated:


Awareness and recall, though not common, are the major hazards of general anesthesia, especially in Cesarean section (C/S) because of the absence of benzodiazepine and opioids for a significant time during anesthesia.


Adequate anesthesia to prevent pain, awareness, and recall is the major role of the anesthesiologist. This is achieved by a balanced administration of analgesic, hypnotic, and amnesic drugs.


Cesarean section (C/S) renders parturient patients at risk of inadequate anesthesia because of rapid sequence induction, avoidance of opioids and Benzodiazepine until the delivery of the newborn, and limited volatile concentration. In a study in 2004, the risk of inadequate depth of anesthesia in C/S with Sevoflurane was 20- 45%. Therefore, the light plane of general anesthesia for the fetal safety during C/S may give rise to post-traumatic stress disorder. It is clear that the prevention of inadequate depth of anesthesia is a very important goal and as such merits further research.


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