Tubing misconnections are a persistent and preventable medical error in hospitals. Why do these tragic misconnections keep happening? A combination of a defective design and the lack of training for a known danger.
IV infiltrations are also a preventable medical error in hospitals. IV infiltrations can cause serious injury such as compartment syndrome, permanent nerve damage, scarring, surgeries, and permanent disability.
HOSPITALS, MANUFACTURERS, and the U.S. GOVERNMENT have known for years that universal IV and feeding tube connectors can be easily misconnected causing serious injury and death. Some reported cases include: IV connected to epidural, IV connected to trach cuff, IV connected to nebulizer, IV connected to BP tubing, IV connected to nasal cannula, syringe connected to trach cuff, feeding tube connected to ventilator suction, IV connected to feeding tube, foley catheter connected to NG tube.
HOSPITALS, MANUFACTURERS, and the U.S. GOVERNMENT have spent years working on rules for new types of connectors that are not universal to prevent tubing misconnections. But, to date, this new standard is not being used by manufacturers or hospitals.
It is very important to gather as much information as possible—such as what misconnection was made by hospital staff (example: IV misconnected to feeding tube) or what IV medication was infiltrated and all the details about what happened like the names of the nurses or staff who spoke with you and the type of tubing, including the name of the manufacturer(s). Video or photos are very helpful, because evidence of the misconnection or infiltration can be destroyed. If a loved one has died, an autopsy is critical. Getting copies of medical records from the hospital is vital because any attorney will need to review the records immediately to find out if there was a misconnection or infiltration. You should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately to understand your options.
Linda Thomas and Michelle Wan have almost 50 years of combined experience in handling personal injury, medical malpractice, defective product and wrongful death claims against hospitals, doctors, manufacturers across the nation.
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