Post-operative care in the recovery room or a post-anesthesia care unit is the care a patient receives immediately after a surgical procedure. Post-operative complications may occur and must be timely treated.
A tragedy at a Pennsylvania surgical center noted the dangers in medical recovery rooms when an outpatient tonsillectomy resulted in a teen’s death. The lawsuit alleged "She died as a result of being abandoned, not monitored, and not watched by nurses, in the recovery room for a period of over 25 minutes… [the teen] laid there helpless after nurses administered a dose of the painkiller fentanyl."
Attorneys, physicians, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to litigation need to understand the types of litigation issues that may arise in connection with a recovery room or post-anesthesia care unit injury.