Recently, Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC settled a medical malpractice case that involved the improper insertion of an IV, which introduced air into the patient’s heart. The patient died due to this medical mistake. Fortunately, the patient’s family was awarded compensation for the incident. There are a variety of issues that can happen with IV administration, despite the fact that they are commonly used in treatment.
IVs are used to achieve multiple purposes in healing and caring for a patient. With just one puncture of the skin, patients can be treated with less pain, receive medications, and have blood withdrawn. Advancement in technology has made IVs easier to use, such as the development of new extensions, valves, and various attachments. However, IVs still pose a risk when they are not used properly.
An IV mistake can be recognized by the area of the skin where it is inserted. Swelling, changes in skin color, bruising, abnormal appearance, and leaking fluids are all signs that the IV is inserted wrong.
Serious Injuries from IV medical malpractice include:
- Tissue necrosis
- Air bubbles
- Damaged nerves
- Inflammation of the veins
If you or a loved is suffering from the aftermath of an improper IV insertion, compensation may be warranted.
Contact our law firm to consult with our attorneys today.