A Case of Damage Claim: Anesthesiologist Administered Too Much Anesthetics to A Patient in Surgery Led to Death
The plaintiff is the son of A. The defendant B performed an Artificial Bone Replacement on A, and the defendant C administered general anesthetic Propofol and local anesthetic Mepivacaine to A. As A’s blood pressure suddenly dropped, C didn’t reduce the dose in time, as a consequence the compensatory mechanism of peripheral vasoconstriction couldn’t function normally to maintain blood perfusion pressure, causing cardiac arrest. At that moment, B did not perform cardiac message immediately on A, and A was declared dead afterwards. The original trial determined that in spite of the fact that the defendants neither perform cardiac massage immediately nor reduced the dose of anesthetics to the appropriate level, they were only responsible for “lower the possibility of survival, ”not for the patient’s “death.” However, the Supreme Court considered that it was out of the ordinary for C not to reduce the dose of anesthetics when seeing the patient’s blood pressure drop; the negligence should have a causal relationship with A’s death, hence the plaintiff won.