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Anaesthetic Awareness

“Most people will be administered a form of anaesthesia at some point in their lives. While it is usually quite safe, the correct administering of anaesthesia is vitally important as errors can have serious consequences.”

What Is Anaesthesia & What Is It Used For?

The NHS defines anaesthesia as ‘loss of sensation’. It is used during surgical procedures so the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort. Local anaesthetic is used for minor procedures. The patient will feel numbness in a particular area but will be fully conscious throughout the procedure. General anaesthetic is used for more serious surgeries and leaves the patient unconscious and completely unaware.

What Is Anaesthetic Awareness & Why Does It Happen?

If you were administered general anaesthetic and became fully or partially conscious during a surgical procedure, this is known as anaesthetic awareness. Causes can include:

  • Misjudgements on the amount of anaesthesia you require to maintain unconsciousness
  • Equipment malfunctions
  • Failure to ensure that all equipment is in full working order 
  • Errors in administration
  • Inadequate pre-medication

Experiencing anaesthetic awareness can be the result of medical negligence. Call our legal experts today and we will be able to explain the validity of your claim.

Effects Of Anaesthetic Awareness

Anaesthetic awareness can result in several negative effects, including:

  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Fear of undergoing future surgical procedures
  • Flashbacks and nightmares about the incident

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Anaesthetic awareness can have serious consequences. If you have suffered as a result of medical professionals failing to administer anaesthesia correctly, you can claim compensation. Our legal experts will explain how.