Hospital Malpractice Suit Claims Facility Withheld Antibiotic

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On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Hospital Negligence on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

It would only be natural for Texas residents to be anxious when they are scheduled for major surgical procedures. So much can go wrong, and any patient has the right to expect care of an acceptable standard. A lawsuit was recently filed against a medical center in another state alleging hospital malpractice and claiming that negligence caused the death of a patient in 2013.

Court documents state that a total hip replacement procedure was performed at another facility in November 2012. A month later the patient was readmitted due to suspected infection, and the wound was surgically drained. A consultation with the Infectious Disease Department at the facility led to the prescription for a course of Vancomycin and Ceftrax that had to be administered intravenously over a period of six weeks. The course of antibiotics was started on Dec. 15, 2012, and the patient was transferred to the defendant’s facility on Dec. 20.

The complaint further alleges that the defendant failed to administer one of the antibiotic medications on two different days. The first instance happened on Dec. 28, and this resulted in the patients re-admittance to the first facility for hip irrigation and debridement. After returning to the defendant’s facility on Jan. 2, 2013, an antibiotic was withheld again on Jan. 8. The resulting infections led to the ultimate removal of the artificial hip and the implant of an antibiotic hip spacer.

The plaintiff claims that the patient’s mental and physical condition deteriorated significantly when she was transferred to hospice by the end of January, and she died only seven days later. The plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages. Texas residents whose loved ones’ deaths are believed to have been caused by hospital malpractice may seek the help of experienced medical malpractice attorneys to assist with investigations and to obtain documented proof of negligence. Medical malpractice is a complicated area of the law, which is often best navigated by a professional legal representative.

Source: wvrecord.com, “Woman sues Ansted Center for negligence, malpractice”, Kyla Asbury, Jan. 21, 2016

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