Flu Epidemic Claims More Victims

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Santa Clara County medical malpractice lawyer, flu epidemic, H3N2, Influenza A, health complication, flu-related deathsThe influenza virus, better known as the flu, is potentially dangerous in all cases. Most patients recover with plenty of bed rest. However, the strain making its way throughout the country this year is leaving a deadly trail in its wake.

Influenza A (H3N2) has claimed numerous lives, regardless of immunities, age, and relative health level. The outbreak has the waiting rooms filled in both doctor’s offices and hospitals alike. Unfortunately, as the beds fill up at the local hospital, more space needs to be made for incoming ailments, resulting in early hospital discharge for many patients.

The Dangers of This Year’s Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 2018 to be deadlier than the last severe outbreak in 2014-2015, which resulted in over 56,000 flu-related deaths. What makes this year more deadly than fever and aches? 80 percent of the deaths are estimated to derive from the nation’s elderly and aging population, while many young children and those with other health complications attribute many of the remaining numbers. However, otherwise healthy adults experience three unexpected difficulties associated with this strain: pneumonia, sepsis, and heart attack.

Recovery at Home is Not Always Better

After giving a diagnosis, the doctors and hospital staff release patients to recover at home, hoping they will not return within the next 30 days because if they do, the hospital faces government penalties. Yes, it is sometimes more comfortable to rest at home and a shorter hospital visit results in reduced costs for everyone involved. However, it is possible to be sent home too early. In fact, it happens to one-in-five patients.

Consider the following signs indicating it may be too soon for discharge:

  • Inability to get into or out of bed;
  • Failure to keep food down;
  • Urination and bowel movement irregularities;
  • Home is not conducive to recovery; and
  • Medications are unobtainable.

Be an Advocate, Talk to an Ombudsman

As a patient, you have every right to that bed and the attention of the hospital staff, just like everyone else. If you feel you are being pushed out of the hospital before you are ready, then enact your right to speak to an ombudsman as they are there just for this purpose. Additionally, rapid tests for the flu have a 63 percent accuracy rating, which means that one-in-three patients receive a false positive for the flu. Still, just as many have a false negative. Trust your instinct and get a second opinion to ensure your health.

If you feel the doctor or the hospital discharged you or a loved one earlier than medically safe to do so, and it resulted in further complications or death, it is in your best interest to discuss your case and options with a Santa Clara County, CA medical malpractice lawyer. The attorneys at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. will not only listen to your situation but will utilize every ounce of knowledge, skill, and experience to your advantage. Begin the road to recovery today by calling 408-289-1417 to schedule your free consultation.



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