Oxygen Deprivation And Its Complications

Deprivation of oxygen can lead to serious complications. Even in just a couple of minutes could have irreparable consequences without oxygen such as personality changes, coma, and inhibited motor skills. When someone is in the hospital under the care of a doctor and then deprivation of oxygen happens then it may be the result of medical malpractice. Victim of such negligence needs a legal representative from a skilled lawyer at Percy Martinez law firm. They have wide experience in medical malpractice cases claims and will assist to recover the compensation victim deserves.

Patients who are at risk for Oxygen Deprivation

The patient is greatest at risk during surgical processes for oxygen deprivations. The surgical team may not properly insert the breathing tube. In other cases, anesthesiologist or doctor may fail to monitor the oxygen levels of the patient throughout the surgery. This can lead to reduced oxygen levels or the total oxygen deprivation. Both of these can cause permanent and severe damage. In newborns, oxygen deprivation may also happen because of injuries and other complications. These complications may result in lifetime disabilities in children injured at birth.

Consequences of the Oxygen Deprivation

Deprivation of oxygen may lead to permanent damages in adults and babies. In adults, the consequences of oxygen deprivation are:

  • Changes in personality, cognitive function, and impairment
  • Paralysis or impairment of motor skills
  • Long or short-term memory loss
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Inability to correctly register the pain
  • Coma
  • Anxiety and depression

In babies, oxygen deprivation cause:

  • Speech, vision, or hearing impairment
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Developmental delays

Brain Injury

The medical term for the oxygen deficiency in the brain is the cerebral hypoxia and cerebral anoxia complete oxygen deficiency to the brain. Both disorders are severe and perhaps fatal conditions that need immediate attention. For the proper brain function, it requires a continuous oxygen supply and nutrients. The disruption can lead to serious complications and injuries.

Diagnosis and Care

Because of brain sensitivity to the oxygen supply, anoxia and hypoxia need to be immediately identified and treated. A medical specialist can diagnose this condition on the basis of the medical history of the patient, medical test, and physical exam.


Unfortunately, cerebral anoxia and hypoxia can possibly be the result of medical negligence and cost include in these conditions can be exorbitant. The victim is entitled to the compensation to recover the pain and sufferings, medical expenses, and the lost income.

Treatment Centers

Basic life support systems are utilized in the treatment course such as mechanical ventilation to support the fluid, airway, blood products to support heart pressure and blood pressure, and medications are required to suppress the seizures. The prognosis greatly differs and attributed directly to the time the brain was lacking oxygen. The chances of brain death or death are higher with the longer unconsciousness of the patient.

Death may cause in adults and babies due to extended periods of the oxygen deprivation. Victim’s loved ones, in some cases, can also pursue damages for the loss of love, or consortium and companionship. These compensations provide financial assistance for the irreversible changes to the victim’s physical and mental abilities, behavior or personality.

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