Hospital and Doctor Medical Malpractice When there is a Failure to Treat a Heart Attack
A heart attack is an immediate, medical emergency. It does not take a medical degree, nursing license, or other hospital experience to know this. Unfortunately, it appears far too many medical professionals forget how important it is to immediately treat and monitor a heart attack victim. Our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers know that there could be catastrophic personal injuries or wrongful death if a patient is improperly treated for a heart attack. Worse, if a hospital or healthcare professional neglects to take care of a resident who is suffering from a heart attack, it could result in a catastrophic ending. The failure to a treat heart attack could be medical malpractice.
This is why hospitals and healthcare providers have a duty of care to all patients. This is particularly true of patients who are suffering from or potentially suffering from a heart attack. As part of a hospital and healthcare professional’s duty of care, they generally must:
- Recognize the possibility that a patient is suffering a heart attack or just suffered a heart attack;
- Triage a patient possibility having a heart attack above other patients;
- Immediately because treating a patient if a heart attack is suspected;
- Hook up a patient to monitoring equipment right away;
- Immediately begin testing a patient who may be having a heart attack;
- Immediately review, interpret, and rely findings of all tests;
- NOT to leave a patient alone;
- Continue all medical treatment that is reasonable possible and prudent; and
- Help a patient experiencing a heart attack within a healthcare provider’s accepted, duty of care.
Unfortunately, far too many healthcare providers fail to properly treat a patient having a heart attack. Some of the most common reasons why hospitals, doctors, nurses, physician assistances, and other healthcare providers fail to treat a heart attack include the following:
- Ignoring patient complaints;
- Requiring patients to fill out forms before treatment;
- Triaging a patient too low;
- Leaving a patient alone;
- Not hooking a patient up to monitoring equipment;
- Not rushing on testing or getting the results;
- Delaying in getting a doctor or healthcare provider;
- Failing to treat a patient in general;
- Miscommunication between providers or between providers and the patient;
- Stopping medical treatment too soon;
- Misdiagnosing a heart attack as something else, like acid reflux;
- Discharging a patient prematurely; and
- Other causes.
A Healthcare Provider’s Failure to Treat a Heart Attack Could be Catastrophic Oregon Medical Malpractice
Healthcare providers at hospitals and doctor’s offices need to immediately and aggressively treat a patient who may be having a heart attack. This includes ensuring that a patient who may or may not be having a heart attack is still properly treated. This is because all patients’ complaints must be treated seriously. It is for the healthcare provider to evaluate and decide whether a patient is having a heart attack, not to hear a patient’s complaints and just dismiss them without a physical examination. This could be the difference between life and death, and it often is. Simply put, when healthcare providers ignore a patient’s complaints, it is usually the patient that suffers. In the case of a patient with a heart attack, that patient usually suffers catastrophically.
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