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Woman's brain injury may be result of poor safety practices

In a neighboring state of Pennsylvania, a woman was admitted to the hospital to have a pacemaker installed. Though the surgery appeared to be successful, hospital staff then purportedly dropped the woman from a gurney while still under anesthesia and the woman suffered severe brain injury.

The force of the fall was enough to also break the woman's collarbone, hip, toe and spine. A former FBI administrator with an active life, the woman is now alleged to be a shut-in that is dependent upon others for her care.

Medical providers often take great care to insure that the disease for which patients are treated is resolved. However, it defeats the purpose of such care if patient safety is not also a priority of hospital staff.

When patients are injured because safety protocol is not followed, the patient and/or family members may wish to consult with an attorney to discuss what occurred. Such attorneys understand that a lack of safety protocol can also be considered medical malpractice.

Certain mistakes do occur when safety procedures are not implemented. For example, doctors often know what medications will alleviate a patient's symptoms, but the prescription is so poorly communicated that the patient takes the wrong medication and suffers adverse consequence. Sometimes anesthesia is administered without a licensed anesthesiologist being present, and individuals in the operating room fail to take the proper steps after complications arise. And there have been circumstances when hospital staff ignores patient monitors after wrongly assuming the problem does not require immediate attention.

Such mistakes can lead to severe injury or even death.

Source: CBS New York, "Connecticut Woman Sues Yale-New Haven Hospital After Falling From Table," May 22, 2012

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