According to the Post-Standard, a computer program recently implemented at Crouse Hospital, in Syracuse, New York, uncovered the fact that the hospital’s pulmonary embolism rate is above average. In response to the program, Crouse Hospital formed a team of doctors to review in the program’s findings and formulate a standardized approach to the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary emboli in patients.
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot, usually originating in the leg, that travels to the lung and blocks an artery (known as a thromboembolism). Common signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpatations. A doctor or hospital may also be able to identify low oxygen saturation, rapid breathing (tachypnea) and a rapid heart rate (tachycardia).
While many pulmonary emboli can be treated with anticoagulant therapy (medicine) such as heparin, the condition can be fatal (especially if undiagnosed).
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of hospital negligence cases, including malpractice stemming from a failure to prevent a pulmonary embolism, or a failure to timely diagnose a treat a blood clot. If your or a loved one have been diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism or blood clot, or if you have lost a loved one due to a thromboembolus, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and hospital negligence attorney, contact Bottar Leone, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.