ANESTHESIOLOGY EXPERT WITNESSES

ANESTHESIOLOGY EXPERT WITNESS CASE STUDIES

Patient Suffers Anoxic Brain Injury During Post-Anesthesia Care ANESTHESIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a male patient in his 60s who had a past medical history of respiratory issues who underwent a cervical discectomy fusion to treat spinal cord compression. Immediately following the surgery, the patient complained of difficulty breat …

Patient With Systemic Complications Dies After Being Cleared For Surgery ANESTHESIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a 70-year-old male with a past medical history of COPD, Hepatitis B, high blood pressure, and diabetes who underwent elective lumbar discectomy for radicular pain. The patient’s medical clearance from his primary care physician appar …

Nurse Anesthetist Clears Unstable Asthmatic Patient For Surgery ANESTHESIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a 35-year-old male patient with a history of low platelet levels who underwent a splenectomy. The patient had a past medical history of obesity and asthma for which he was receiving high dose steroids and immunoglobulins. The patien …

Elevated Oxygen Level Causes Fatal Surgical Fire ANESTHESIOLOGY Expert Case

Elevated Oxygen Level Causes Fatal Surgical Fire

This case involves a 78-year-old male patient with a history of COPD who developed pneumonia and required intubation. Because the patient was difficult to wean, the attending physician ordered a tracheostomy. During the procedure, there was an electroc …

Child Suffers Respiratory Failure During Dental Procedure ANESTHESIOLOGY Expert Case

Child Suffers Respiratory Failure During Dental Procedure

This case involves a child who presented to a pediatric dentist for a cavity filling. Before the start of the procedure, the child was placed under general anesthesia. After he was anesthetized, the dentist told the child’s parents that he needed to s …

Patient Suffers Cardiac Arrest During Pain Management Procedure ANESTHESIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a middle-aged male patient with a history of persistent back and shoulder pain who went in for a lumbar facet rhizotomy. The patient had previously undergone several facet joint injections but was otherwise healthy. The patient was  …

Botched Steroid Injection Results in Permanent Injuries ANESTHESIOLOGY Expert Case

Botched Steroid Injection Results in Permanent Injuries

This case involves a woman who consented to have a epidural steroid injection performed; however, the doctor instead performed an interlaminar epidural steroid injection. The doctor performed a procedure the man did not consent to and also negligently per …

Biopsy Procedure Causes Severe Injuries in Patient With Ankylosing Spondylitis ANESTHESIOLOGY Expert Case

This case involves a male patient with a history of ankylosing spondylitis, who was found to have a small mass in his liver. The decision was made to biopsy the mass, and an anesthesiologist determined that general anesthesia would be used. However, when t …