Odds of Hanging On
You could be humming along wonderfully in your career as an anesthesiologist, working with tons of people who are in pain and rely on you and your expertise to make it all go away. But, watch out. One successful malpractice lawsuit could put a serious cramp in your style, medically and economically. In other words, it could put you out of business.
Anesthesia errors can cause very scary things in patients, such as prolonged comas, brain damage, and death. You'll need to be at the top of your game all the time, because even one slip-up on the dosage of anesthetics, or an incorrect diagnosis of anesthetic complications, could cost you everything. And it could cost your patient even more.