Anesthesiologist Didn’t Know Patient Was Allergic-Call a CODE! NY Attorney Oginski Explains
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He went into cardiac arrest all because the
anesthesiologist failed to read the patient’s chart to see what medications he was allergic
to. You want to know what this is about? Come and join me for a moment as I share with you
some great information. Hi, I’m Gerry Oginski. I’m a New York Medical
Malpractice and Personal Injury Trial lawyer practicing law in the state of New York. This
gentleman went in for an elective surgical procedure and now prior to the surgical procedure
he’s in the waiting area of the operating room. The anesthesiologist comes in to talk
to him and now this anesthesiologist doesn’t understand and doesn’t recognize that there
are two different sets of medical records. He never bothers to read the pre-surgical
testing notes that were done a week earlier that every patient has to get for pre-surgical
testing. Instead this doctor only thought that there
was one set of notes for this particular hospital. Instead the hospital was using not only computerized
notes but also handwritten notes. As a result of that, this doctor never saw that the patient
declared that he was allergic to lidocaine. What do you think one of the drugs was that
this doctor was going to be using to anesthetize this patient? He was going to be using lidocaine
with some other medication to give him a regional anesthetic to put asleep part of his shoulder
and his arm. Well guess what? The moment that this doctor
administered the anesthetic, this patient went into cardiac arrest. Now they had to
call a code. They had to resuscitate this gentleman for ten minutes. Finally, they were
able to get him back. Then they canceled the surgery obviously, put him into recovery and
now he’s in the coronary care unit for the next few days. It turns out on further investigation
that this gentleman had an allergy to lidocaine. The anesthesiologist had he known that this
patient was allergic to lidocaine never ever would have given him this local regional anesthetic.
Instead he simply would have put the patient to sleep under general anesthesia and this
patient never would have had this heart reaction. Unfortunately for this patient, this doctor
not only gave him a medicine that he was allergic to which by the way did not cause the cardiac
arrest. The anesthesiologist tells me, “Listen it went into the wrong place. Yes, I may have
given him medication that the patient shouldn’t have gotten but instead of going into the
muscle this medication went directly into the blood stream. That caused the toxic reaction
that triggered the cardiac event.” A series of events occurred all because this
doctor failed to recognize that this patient was allergic to this particular medication.
Had he known that, none of this ever would have happened. The surgery would have gone
fine and the patient never would have had a problem. Why do I share this quick story
with you? I share it with you just to give you an insight and an understanding into one
instance where I was able to help a gentleman obtain compensation as a result of a doctor’s
carelessness and the harm that he caused because he never bothered to realize that this patient
was allergic to this particular medication. I recognize that you’ve got questions or concerns
about your own particular matter. Well if your matter happened here in the state of
New York and you’ve got legal questions what I encourage you to do is pick up the phone
and call me. I can answer your legal questions. This is something I do every single day and
I’d love to chat with you. You can reach me at 516-487-8207 or by email at [email protected]
That’s it for today’s quick video. I’m Gerry Oginski, have a wonderful day.


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