In an effort to provide an appropriate standard of care and prevent life-threatening complications, healthcare professionals across the country must maintain an understanding of the risks associated with blood transfusions and other procedures. In most cases, a blood transfusion is performed as a life-saving measure following surgery or a traumatic injury. Thus, imagine the devastation when the very procedure intended to save a life causes death.
In late June 2019, the Houston Chronicle reported that a 23-year-old leukemia patient died after receiving a contaminated blood transfusion at MD Anderson Cancer Center. While the patient had experienced medical complications prior to the transfusion, the Houston-based cancer center had recently violated serious hospital requirements based on previous inspections following an “adverse event” in December.
Tragically, this was the second transfusion-related death in the area, after a patient in the emergency room of a different hospital died in November of 2018. An investigation into the death revealed that a labeling error was to blame for the patient being given a blood transfusion with the wrong blood type.
While MD Anderson has taken swift action in forming a correction plan, it remains that state regulators noted deficiencies in care. These included shortcomings in nursing services, pathology services, patient information and consent rights and oversight responsibility.
When a blood transfusion has caused detrimental harm, or when it is provided too late, a qualified personal injury attorney can help.
Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorney – Daniel J. Moriarty
As a negligent blood transfusion attorney, Moriarty Injury Lawyer can help families and loved ones in the aftermath of a devastating injury or death following a blood transfusion. While not all negative reactions to blood transfusions are preventable, Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney Daniel J. Moriarty works tirelessly, sorting through the details of your claim to determine if negligence is to blame. As such, he will fight to ensure that you get the most favorable outcome in your case.
To discuss your claim, call the legal team at Moriarty Injury Lawyer today.
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