Feeding Tube Errors Cause Extensive Injuries
A feeding tube is a medical device used to provide nutrition to people who are unable to receive food orally or who need an additional amount. Hospitals frequently use feeding tubes during post-operative care, for patients with neurological interruptions, ongoing cancer treatment, extensive surgery, and with patients suffering from Dysphagia.
Although patients are often nervous and reluctant for feeding tube placement, sometimes the benefits outweigh the presented risks of not having the tube. Overall, feeding tubes are generally safe and effective; however, errors made at the time of feeding tube placement can result in a broad spectrum of complications. Through proper practice and review of potential complications, many feeding tube injuries are preventable.Potential Complications
Even in the best conditions when everything goes according to the surgical plan during the placement, complications can arise: tubes become obstructed, skin becomes infected, or there is a discomfort in the abdomen. A small misstep or oversight in the procedure exponentially increases the likelihood of any of the following problems:
- Necrotizing Fasciitis;
- Severe bleeding;
- Tumor seeding;
- Gastrocolic fistula;
- Infectious peritonitis;
- Aspiration pneumonia; or
Medical malpractice is the legal terminology given when a patient is injured after a medical professional failed to follow the accepted standards of the health care profession. When a doctor or another health care professional improperly inserts or cares for a feeding tube by deviating from the ordinary course of action, carelessness, or miscommunication, the consequences can be devastating.
Examples of feeding tube negligence include:
- Improper sanitation of the tube;
- Incorrect placement technique;
- Failure to keep incision site clean;
- Untrained medical staff for feeding tube protocol; and
- Failure to monitor tube changes.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries after feeding tube care or placement by a medical professional, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your damages. Every case is unique, and the amount a plaintiff may receive depends on the specifics of the situation.
Patients with feeding tube injuries can recover costs for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, disabilities, rehabilitation fees, and other losses. A San Jose, CA feeding tube malpractice attorney can help. The lawyers at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. understand the devastating effects of feeding tube injuries and will aggressively seek to earn you the compensation you deserve. We will carefully scour over your experience to ensure we hold every responsible party accountable for your suffering. Contact us today at (408) 289-1417 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.Sources