Is Delayed Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism Medical Malpractice?
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is very serious illness that can affect anyone. A blood clot gets lodged in an artery of the lungs preventing blood flow to areas of the lungs. According to the Mayo Clinic, blood clots develop in the legs and travel up to the lungs most often. Blood thinners including aspirin, coumadin, warfarin, heparin, and lovenox are often prescribed to prevent the formation of blood clots and pulmonary embolism.
While anyone is susceptible to PE, post-surgical patients and postpartum women present the highest risk. Pulmonary embolism must be treated in the emergency room.
Pulmonary embolus can affect the following patients:
- Post-surgical patients
- Postpartum women
- People with prolonged travel in a plane or car
- Patients with broken bones
- People with spinal cord injuries
If your loved one was discharged from the hospital then suffered a pulmonary embolism, contact our office immediately. Our doctor/attorney Robert Messey and nurse/attorney Gayle Sullivan will begin an immediate medical and legal investigation into your case.