Blood thinner overdose medical malpractice attorneys
Physicians and healthcare professionals prescribe medications for patients to treat all kinds of ailments and diseases. Patients put their trust in their treating physician to prescribe the right amount of the correct drug to help ease pain, treat disease, and increase quality of life. When a healthcare professional fails to meet the appropriate standard of care by administering an overdose of a drug, the results can be devastating.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2016 the number of drugs that were given or prescribed during hospital emergency department visits totaled 359 million and the percent of visits that involved drug therapy was 80.4%.
Another interesting statistic is the number of times a physician fails to properly diagnose a patient. Dr. Elizabeth Burton, Director of Autopsy Pathology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, stated experts find a 40 percent misdiagnosis rate in the United States. “Out of those 40 percent, about 10 to 12 percent are significant. Meaning, had that diagnosis been known prior to death, at a minimum, the patient probably could have been discharged alive from the hospital.”
When you combine the number of drugs prescribed by hospital emergency departments with the number of misdiagnoses, the outcomes can be devastating.
Summary of a claim for Overdose of argatroban
In a case where the doctor misdiagnosed the patient with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, the patient was given large doses of Argatroban, an extremely strong blood-thinning drug. Even though the patient had not been given heparin in the immediate past, the misdiagnosis was made and the overdose of Argatroban caused the patient to suffer from a significant brain bleed and he died in the hospital. Case settled for a significant amount.
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