When you go into surgery or have to be intubated, a drug known as a neuromuscular
blocking agent is used. This drug helps prevent the body from moving,
but it has some side effects that can be dangerous. For example, if you
are not intubated and receiving help to breathe, your lungs could become
paralyzed, and you could suffocate. Normally, patients are monitored very
closely on these medications, but the wrong dosage or incorrect timing
can lead to some issues.
One issue that sometimes comes up is the fact that patients can still feel
pain when they receive this medication. They can’t move, and they
are unable to breathe on their own in most cases. That means that the
person, who could be completely aware of his or her surroundings, may
feel extremely anxious or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder following
the use of the drugs if they do not perform adequately.
There are stories of people waking up during surgery when they are unable
to tell anyone they are awake or feeling pain, which is a result of this
medication. Other stories talk about patients who received the NBA on
accident instead of receiving a vaccine. How could that happen? Sometimes,
vials look similar and even names can be similar to one another. This
leads to accidents, which is why nurses and doctors have to be so careful
when administering medications.
If you are hurt and suffer from paralysis, there is legal help available.
Our website has more information on what it takes to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.