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Fatal treatment error? Why did a child die shortly after induction?

Fatal treatment error? Why did a child die shortly after induction?


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Adolescent dies under anesthesia - deceased should be autopsied

A few days ago, a 14-year-old boy died in a hospital in Gütersloh (North Rhine-Westphalia) after induction of anesthesia. As the police announced, the deceased should now be autopsied.

Complications with anesthesia

A 14-year-old boy from Gütersloh in North Rhine-Westphalia died on Wednesday after anesthesia was initiated. A member of the St. Elisabeth Hospital had reported to the police and reported that there were complications in anesthetizing the adolescent. "Because of this, the boy was immediately transported to the children's clinic in Bielefeld Bethel," the police wrote in a message. There he died on Wednesday. Now it should be clarified whether a medical error or a possible previous illness led to the death of the boy. "As part of the ongoing investigation, the deceased will be autopsied next Monday," said the police.

How dangerous are anesthetics?

Cases such as in Gütersloh can help to further stir up the widespread fear of anesthetics. Parents in particular are often concerned.

But how dangerous is anesthesia in the child really?

“Anesthesia is very safe these days. Modern anesthetics are well tolerated and are quickly broken down by the body so that your child can get back on their feet quickly, ”says the website of the Children's and Adolescent Hospital on the Bult in Hanover.

"Nevertheless, depending on the size of the procedure and the child's state of health, there is a low probability of complications and health risks," said the experts.

The tragic death of the boy from Gütersloh was probably one of those rare cases. (ad)

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