Anesthesiologist, do they get sued a lot?

I heard that they get sued all the time. Is this true, and if so, how much do they get sued for, and who usually wins the case in court? Do they get sued because the patient was in pain or something during surgery? how many years of school do you have to go through to become certified, i heard at least ten, but i also heard you can knock off 2 years or so if you take certain classes or at a certain school or something.

Some of it has to do with the fact that when a suit is served, pretty much any doc, nurse, whatever, is named in the suit, and anesthesiologists are working with lots of different surgeons every day. This exposure to multiple surgeons/patients/cases also exposes us to anything that happens to any of them. I still don't think that we are sued all that often, though.
As far as anesthesia itself, complications in anesthesia are not really all that common. I think it's really that most of the complications involving anesthesiologists are either very minor (the great majority - sore throats, chipped tooth, etc.) or very major (very infrequent - death, brain damage) and not much in between. Still, a major complication like that is not something anyone wants - for the patient or themselves.

To become an anesthesiologist, you need to complete your pre-med requirements in college (usually 4 years), 4 years of medical school, and 4 years of anesthesiology residency training. You can also do fellowships for another year or two if you want to specialize in pediatrics, cardiac, pain management, critical care, etc.

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