Monitoring patients is a vital aspect of medical practice, which is why a failure to monitor can result in serious injury or death.
Patients must be monitored for allergic reactions to treatment and monitored to ensure they are not experiencing dangerous side effects from medication. The treatment may not help the patient at all, in which case another type of treatment may be necessary. In particular, when treating serious medical conditions, changing an ineffective treatment could mean the difference between recovery and personal injury or fatality. Monitoring a patient can also reveal that another medical condition exists, which also requires treatment.
The focus of medical monitoring varies depending on the patient's specific ailments. Doctors use the following types of monitoring for patients:
Patients can develop blood clots, infections, glucose intolerance, heart failure, bedsores and internal bleeding. These are conditions, which physicians can treat when the patient is monitored and the conditions are detected. Proper medical attention ensures that patients are eating and drinking enough fluids. When patients become dehydrated or malnourished, it can lead to other complications. Failure to monitor, detect and follow up with proper treatment is a form of medical negligence.
Decades of experience and access to medical experts have enabled our attorneys at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP to successfully handle medical malpractice cases. If you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered injury due to a medical practitioner's failure to monitor, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice case. A medical malpractice case requires showing that a doctor-patient relationship existed and that the medical staff's negligence resulted in your injury.
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