Steffi Ortiz a victim of a wrong site surgery speaks out and advises how not be a victim.
Every day, across our country anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetist provide life-saving care when patients need it most before, during and after a surgery. These health care providers are responsible for keeping patients stable and safe through the administration of anesthesia by monitoring both vital signs and body functions. Anesthesiologists are doctors that have specific training that may be needed to intervene in case of an emergency during before, during or after surgery. By contrast Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) are nurses who practice in every setting where anesthesia is available and are the primary providers of anesthesia care many surgical settings. They trained to administer every type of anesthetic, and provide care for every type of surgery or procedure, from open heart to cataract to pain management.
Anesthesiologist should play a leadership role in patient safety and should be held accountable to provide high quality patient care. We believe this includes
A. Preoperative instructions and preparation.
B. An appropriate Pre-Op evaluation and examination before any surgery is performed.
C. Order appropriate preoperative studies and consultations when medically indicated.
D. Discuss and document an anesthesia plan with the patient.
E. Administer anesthesia appropriately.
F. Discharge the patient responsibly.
G. Provide written postoperative follow up instructions.
H. Keep accurate and current medical records.
Anesthesiologist are required to classify all patients before surgery using the following system:
ASA Physician Status 1 – A normal healthy patient.
ASA Physician Status 2 – A patient with mild systemic disease.
ASA Physician Status 3 – A patient with severe systemic disease.
ASA Physician Status 4 – A patient with severe systemic disease that is a constant threat to life.
ASA Physician Status 5 – A moribund patient who is not expected to survive without the operation.
ASA Physician Status 6 – A declared brain-dead patient whose organs are being removed for donor purposes.
Patients classified greater than Status 2 should seriously consider postponing any elective procedure (not an emergency), especially if performed in an outpatient surgical center, until such time as their health improves.
Spencer Aronfeld has been featured on NBC’s Dateline, The New York Times, USA Today and the Tyra Show. He has also written articles and lectured around the country on the unique nature of representing victims of botched plastic surgery. He has represented both men and women who, in an effort to improve their appearance, have been deformed or disfigured by careless or unqualified doctors.
In 2008 Spencer Aronfeld was one of the first lawyers in the country to successfully sue both a plastic and a general surgeon for punitive damages as the result of a botched gynecomastia procedure on a Ft. Lauderdale man.