If a loved one is in a Maryland nursing home and has a serious kidney disease, they may require dialysis. During this procedure, the dialysis machine acts as an artificial kidney, and the procedure has the possibility of harming, injuring or killing the patient. Our Baltimore, Maryland nursing home malpractice lawyers know that this procedure is both a life-saving and a life-threatening procedure. It is frequently performed at private, for-profit and non-profit nursing homes.
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Dialysis In Nursing Home Statistics
Research and studies outline that dialysis patients who have the procedure performed at a private, for-profit nursing home face a statistically significant higher risk of death than those treated at a non-profit nursing home. Typically nursing home residents are treated at for-profit dialysis centers for a shorter period of time than those attending non-profit centers. In addition, the for-profit centers typically have smaller staffs that may not be as well trained as their counterparts who work in a non-profit facility.
No matter what type of facility your loved one was injured in let our Frederick, Maryland dialysis malpractice lawyers help you get the benefits and compensation you and your family need.
Conditions Requiring Dialysis
As dialysis is meant to remove waste and excess fluid from the body it takes the place of the kidneys in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease, Renal Failure, Acute Renal Failure & End Stage Renal Failure.
Elderly patients with high blood pressure, hypertension, inadequate blood flow to the kidneys, obstructed urine flow, certain allergies or autoimmune disorders, Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes are more inclined to need dialysis than those who do not have these conditions.
Causes Of Dialysis Malpractice
One of the major problems in the dialysis procedure, whether performed at a for-profit or a non-profit center, is the boredom of the staff due to the routine and chronic nature of the treatment process. There is an increased danger is making mistakes or serious judgment errors when the staff acquires an “assembly line” mentality in dealing with patients. Potential malpractice in the dialysis setting include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Taking short cuts that are un-approved and that are not in compliance with the required standard of care.
- Failure to check the dialysis machine, settings, and alarms prior to beginning a patient’s treatment.
- Failure to monitor and assist an unstable patient, which results in a fall.
- Medication errors, such as omission, wrong dosage, wrong patient.
- Failure to follow a physician’s orders or the following of orders that the healthcare professional should have known were erroneous.
- Failure to properly inspect, maintain, repair, or use equipment.
- Failure to monitor a patient’s condition during treatment and to respond to any problems in a timely and appropriate manner.
Let our team of Maryland nursing home dialysis injury lawyers thoroughly review your claim. They will do whatever is needed to get you and your family the benefits and compensation they are entitled to.