Intravascular Air Embolisms Lawyers In Dallas, TX
There are 29 separate events classified as “never events” by the National Quality Forum. These are events that should never occur in any healthcare situation and one of these is known as an Intravascular Air Embolism often referred to, in short, as an air embolism. This occurs in a situation where air enters the bloodstream. This can lead to life changing injuries or fatalities.
While there is no doubt that these are extremely rare, they are preventable in medical settings. However, when incorrect precautions or procedures are applied, a patient may suffer the consequences.
What’s Behind Air Embolisms?
In a medical situation, intravenous introduction of air into the blood stream can generate problems. This can happen anytime that an IV or a catheter is placed into a blood vessel and it may occur during a surgical process. Once an air pocket has formed in the blood, it can also travel to the brain or to the heart and cause fatal blockages. Some of the most common causes of air embolism include:
- Improper removal of tubing or the catheter
- Improper priming of the tubing
- Ruptured catheter or tubing
Although these are preventable, they are frequently fatal when they occur in a hospital situation. In fact, an air embolism caused by a catheter or an IV has a 30% mortality rate for patients. Even those individuals who are lucky enough to survive such an event could have permanent damage. Some of the most common complications and symptoms associated with an air embolism event include:
- Brain damage
- Heart attack
A Hospital’s Responsibility in Preventing an Air Embolism
Nurses and doctors and any other healthcare professional should be properly trained on how to prevent air embolisms and how to monitor for these deadly situations during medical procedures and surgeries. Some of the most preventative measures include positioning a patient for IV or surgery insertion, monitoring for air bubbles with a pulmonary artery catheter or ultrasound during surgery, and using proper injections and IV procedures to ensure that no air ever enters a patient’s blood.
If you or a loved one have already been injured as a result of an air embolism that occurred in a health care facility, you may have serious medical costs as well as pain and suffering. You need to consult with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney about the next steps to protect your rights. Contact our office for a consultation by an experienced and qualified Air Embolism Malpractice Attorney today: (214)-580-2555