Every year tens of thousands of patients suffer from IV infiltration injuries . In many instances such injuries are caused by the negligent or wrongful practices of medical doctors, registered nurses and other hospital staff. Infiltration refers to the unintended administration fluids into the tissue of an individual.
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Evaluation and Diagnosis
There are four designated levels of IV infiltration based on severity of the injury suffered.
- Level One: blanched skin, edema of less than one inch, the skin is cool to the touch with no significant pain associated with the damage.
- Level Two: blanched skin, edema of one to approximately six inched in diameter, cool to the touch with moderate levels of pain.
- Level Three: blanched and translucent skin, gross edema of more than six inches. The skin is cool to the touch with mild to moderate pain. Numbness may be present as this stage.
- Blanched and translucent with tightening of the skin and leakage. Significant skin discoloration and bruising. Edema reaching the deep tissue. Circulatory impairment resulting in severe pain.
Medical Malpractice and Negligence – Establishing Liability and Winning Your Case in the Court of Law
Medical negligence requires the establishment of four essential factors, duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. An explanation of each factor is provided for below.
Duty in Med Mal Cases: Medical professionals have a duty to follow the guidelines established by the their profession.
Breach: A breach of a duty takes place when the defendant fails to follow the guidelines.
Causation: When the failure to follow guidelines as a contributing factor in the harm that took place.
Damages: Discernible damages have been assessed.
Common Causes and Risk Factors
There are numerous factors which can play a significant role in the development of IV infiltration amongst patients in hospitals and medical facilities. Some of the most common causes are explained below…
- The improper selection of a site for the insertion of the IV.
- Traumatic insertions – resulting in damage of the vein or blood vessel.
- Failure to properly secure the IV device upon insertion.
- Negligence hiring practices – resulting in employees who are not aware of proper medical methods.
- Failure to properly instruct employees.
- Defectively designed or manufactured medical devices.
- Failure of staff to properly maintain medical devices of a hospital in a safe condition.
Compensation Available for Victims of IV infiltration Nerve Damage
Victims of serious harm caused by the negligence or wrongful acts of others are entitled to recovery for all damages incurred. A calculation of compensation available is predicated on several significant factors. A brief compilation of factors are provided for below…
- The extent of physical injuries.
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses incurred.
- Future medical and rehabilitation care.
- Magnitude of pain and suffering as well as emotional damage.
- Calculation of economic damages including lost wages and loss of future income.
- Assessment of punitive damages – punitive damages are awarded when the at fault party acted with either the intent to cause harm
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