Preventable Hospital Deaths – Pulmonary Embolism

Preventable Hospital Deaths – Pulmonary Embolism

Hospital patients are often at the minimum slightly immobilized after they undergo a medical procedure. already a comparatively small operation like a minor knee surgery can leave a person bed-ridden for a short time. When a person cannot move around regularly, there is a chance that blood clots will develop in the large veins inside their arms and legs. If these clots break loose and travel by the body, they can end up in the patient’s lungs and cause serious medical complications or death. This is called a pulmonary embolism.

Many of the blood clots that people develop while staying in the hospital could easily be prevented. Unfortunately, medical professionals often do not already discuss the possible for blood clots with their patients after a procedure. Only about half of the people who are at risk for such complications are given any sort of treatment to prevent their development. As a consequence of this neglect, about 25,000 Americans are killed by pulmonary embolisms each year, making them the number one cause of preventable hospital deaths in the country (and in many other countries, in addition).

There are a few simple treatments that can help a recovering patient avoid falling victim to a blood clot. The first and easiest preventative measure is to get up and walk around, if you are able. Simply moving around every once in a while can enhance circulation and stop clotting. If walking is not an option, another method for improving circulation is wearing special compression leggings. In the situations where a person is most at risk for clots, they can be given a blood thinner that will keep things flowing smoothly. A few of the factors that can increase blood clot risk are: smoking, obesity, pregnancy, and cancer.

The medical professionals overseeing your recovery have a responsibility to make you aware of the risks you confront while in the hospital. If you are not informed of the possibility of forming a clot and the measures you can take to prevent them, your doctor could be held liable for their negligence and any damages you have suffered. If you have been harmed, or if a loved one has suffered or died due to a preventable blood clot, you may want to consider the possibility of filing a wrongful death or medical malpractice lawsuit.

For more information, visit the website of Waukesha personal injury lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.

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