PCA Pump Malfunctions Causing Brain Damage: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

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What to Do After PCA Pump Malfunctions Causing Brain Damage Hurt a Loved One: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers 

One of the most catastrophic types of personal injuries due to Oregon medical malpractice is brain damage.  There are many forms of brain damage and there are many causes of brain damage.  One unexpected but common cause of brain damage is due to an overdose of painkillers such as morphine.  There are several possible ways how this could happen but a horrifying way is through a PCA pump malfunction causing brain damage.  Our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers know how catastrophic this type of medical malpractice can be which could result in permanent brain damage or even wrongful death of an innocent victim.

What is a PCA Pump?

A PCA pump is a patient controlled analgesia pump.  This is a device given to patients after certain surgeries, usually large surgeries that are incredibly painful.  The device dispenses a certain amount of pain management drugs to a patient to help block pain.  This is on an as-needed basis.  The patient simply pushes a button and the painkiller is administered to help block pain.  The painkiller is usually something very powerful like morphine.  

PCA pumps have limits and controls.  This means that a patient cannot keep hitting the button to get pain medication and after a certain number of clicks within a time period, the PCA pump will notify a nurse or doctor to get help.

How PCA Pumps Malfunction

PCA pumps can malfunction for several reasons.  Most of the reasons are actually a product defect, but some reasons are due to errors setting up the device or putting the wrong or stronger medication into it.  Some of the most common causes of PCA pump malfunctions include the following:

  • Damage to the PCA pump in shipping or setting up
  • Improper controls when a patient hits the button too much
  • Pump boluses (large amounts of medication at once) as opposed to a slow drip
  • Drip rate is too high
  • Damage in the line to administer it
  • Complications and drug interactions, including with blood thinners
  • Overdosing 
  • Putting the wrong medication in
  • Wrong patient set up with the pump
  • PCA pumps that stop functioning properly and keep giving doses and 
  • Many other common causes.

PCA Pump Malfunctions Causing Brain Damage

An overdose of morphine is very dangerous and can result in catastrophic personal injuries.  This includes brain damage.  The brain damage due to the morphine overdose is due to the toxicity in the painkiller.  This is because the painkiller causes a caustic environment.  The types of brain damage that could occur include damage to nerves, vessels, and tissue itself.  Tissue can actually become so damaged that it forms lesions which are areas of brain tissue that cease to work properly.  

The repercussions of brain damage include the following:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Being unable to concentrate 
  • Extreme pain and suffering
  • Memory issues
  • Coordination and lack of balance problems
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Behavioral issues
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Withdrawal, and
  • Other cognitive damages.

Injured by a PCA Pump Malfunctions Causing Brain Damage?  Ask Our Lawyers for Help

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

Poor Diabetic Care Can be Nursing Home Malpractice: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

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Understanding Poor Diabetic Care Can be Nursing Home Malpractice from Our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Diabetes is a potentially dangerous health condition if it is unmanaged.  However, with proper care and management, diabetes can usually be rather easily controlled.  According to the CDC, there are over 30 million people with diabetes in the United States.  Over 12 million people with diabetes are over the age of 65. Many residents of nursing homes have diabetes and rely on the nursing home staff to help them manage their diabetes. While many nursing homes and their trained staff do a good job at managing residents diabetes, unfortunately some nursing homes and their staff absolutely sale at properly managing diabetes. This can result in serious personal injuries and even the wrongful death of a resident. Our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers know that this can be a serious problem which is easily avoided. Learn more how poor diabetic care can be Oregon nursing home malpractice here.

What is Diabetes and Why Must it be Managed Properly?

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, diabetes is a disease that affects your blood glucose, which is also known as your blood sugar. Your blood glucose is your main source of energy which primarily comes from the food you eat. Your pancreas creates a hormone, called insulin, that helps the glucose from your food get into your cells to be utilized for energy. 

However, diabetes is when your body does not make enough insulin or your body does not effectively use insulin that your body makes. This means that glucose stays in your blood and does not reach your cells to be burned for energy. If the glucose stays in your blood for too long, or if there is too much glucose in your blood, hit can begin to cause health problems. These health problems include organ damage and tissue damage, such as to your eyes, nerves, in other parts of your body.

Why Poor Diabetic Care can be Nursing Home Malpractice in Oregon

Diabetes can be difficult for a person to manage, especially for elderly individuals who may have some form of dementia affecting them. Other times a person’s diabetes could be more severe and difficult to manage even with the most competent and able of individuals. Therefore, diabetes can be a common cause for elderly individuals to need nursing home and assisted living care. Nursing home staff are specifically trained to help manage resident’s diabetes, including administering insulin and medication, testing and monitoring blood sugar, and maintaining a nutritional and diabetic-friendly diet.

While most nursing homes do a good job managing their residents diabetes, some nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers absolutely fail. This can result in significant personal injuries or the wrongful death of a resident due to the mismanagement of a resident’s diabetes.  This could be Oregon nursing home abuse and malpractice.

Common Causes for Diabetes Mismanagement Resulting in Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice

Our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers know that there are generally three reasons why nursing homes fail to properly care for residents with diabetes. These three reasons include the following:

Failure to monitor a residence insulin – when a nursing home fails to monitor a diabetic residence blood sugar levels it is like playing guess-and-check with a person’s life. This is because any diabetic individual knows that it is crucial to monitor their blood sugar levels during the day. Without proper monitoring, it can be near impossible for a nursing home staff member to know what care and treatment a resident needs.

Giving diabetic medication and insulin – failing to timely give a diabetic resident his or her diabetic medications, including insulin injections, could result in a dangerous spike or dipped in blood sugar levels. This can be especially dangerous for elderly diabetic residents, such as those in a nursing home. The failure to give diabetic medication and insulin to a resident with diabetes is unacceptable and downright dangerous.

Improper nutrition for diabetic residents – many elderly residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities rely on nursing home staff to provide a proper and nutritious diet. This is particularly important for diabetic residents who are completely dependent on what the nursing home provides for food considering that most nursing home residents do not have the cognitive means, physical means, or even just the kitchen to cook for themselves at a nursing home facility or assisted living facility. When nursing homes fail to provide a diabetic-friendly and acceptable diet, it can actually cause or exacerbate the symptoms and damages from diabetes. Thus, poor diabetic care can be nursing home malpractice in Oregon for something as simple as providing food to a resident.

Ask Our Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers if your Loved One with Diabetes Has Suffered Any Unexplained Injuries or Unexpectedly Died

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.