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Medical malpractice suit brought over medication error

Many Dearborn residents have become accustomed to taking prescription medications for a number of ailments they have. These residents understand the power of medications, both in terms of helping them feel better, and in terms of what can go wrong if the medications are not used correctly.

Medications in the hospital are similar, if not even more high stakes, as a wrong dose or improper drug can have drastic effects on a patient. This was the case recently for a man who was given the wrong medication while in the hospital, which led to his death, according to a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The man was admitted to the emergency room with hypotension and kidney issues, and later to the intensive care unit. However, the man's condition improved for some time, including after a surgical procedure. Yet, a doctor then administered the drug Sufentanil instead of the intended drug, Fentanyl. The improperly administered drug was up to 10 times more potent.

As a result of the improperly administered medication, the man's condition began to deteriorate. It took some time for the doctor to realize the error, and after the doctor did realize it, the correct reversal agent for the drug was not administered. Ultimately, the man's organs failed and he died with respiratory failure.

In cases like the above involving a medication error, a medical malpractice suit may be brought by survivors of the deceased person to recover damages fo the person's death. The ill effects of the medication can be shown at trial, which worsened the patient's condition and caused injury and/or death.

Often times, with a medication error, it may be necessary to show the doctor error exacerbated the patient's underlying condition. By doing so, the patient can then recover damages to help them begin to recover and receive the necessary medical care they need to make them whole.

Source: The Dispatch, "Siblings file medical malpractice suit over death of father," Darrick Ignasiak, Jun. 20, 2013

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