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Houston — Blood Sample Mix-Up Leads to Patient’s Death at St. Luke’s

Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 11:44 pm by Williams Hart   

A report that was released on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, revealed that Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center staff had made more than 100 mistakes in the labeling of blood during a four-month period reviewed by federal inspectors.

This inspection was prompted by an incident last December 2018 when a woman in her 70s, who was diagnosed with bleeding on the brain, suffered repeated cardiac arrests after she was given the wrong blood type during a transfusion. The woman was pronounced dead at 12:50 p.m. on December 3, 2018, just a day after she received the blood and plasma transfusion.

Dr. Doug Lawson, the hospital’s new president, claimed that the government’s findings are “deeply disappointing” and that he and the rest of the St. Luke’s staff will take this matter seriously.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the old woman. Alas, she is not the only one whose life is taken away because of a medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is what happens when a medical or health care professional deviates from standards in their profession, thus causing injury — or even worse, death — to a patient. Examples of medical errors include misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, administration of the wrong drug to the wrong patient or in the wrong way, giving multiple drugs that interact negatively, surgery on the wrong site, failure to remove all surgical instruments, failure to take the correct blood type into account, incorrect record-keeping, and registered nurses failing to properly program an IV pump on a patient.

Consequences of these medical errors can be quite dire to the victims and their respective families. In fact, statistics show that medical malpractice is the third cause of death in the United States, just after heart disease and cancer. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in medical malpractice. So, if you’re a victim of this, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please contact a medical malpractice lawyer today. You shouldn’t have to suffer just because a medical professional made a mistake, and a medical malpractice lawyer will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

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