It really is amazing how far we have come in medicine. So many lives are saved and prolonged thanks to blood thinners, medications that work to prevent blood clots. Looking at the list of the top causes of death in the United States, we see both heart disease and stroke present, both of which can be prevented by blood thinners.
Blood thinners are also powerful medications and need to be prescribed and taken appropriately. There are times when health care professionals make mistakes when it comes to blood thinner medications and this can lead to patient injury or even death.
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Here are some common types and names you may be familiar with:
Antiplatelet Drugs – Aspirin, Clopidogrel (Plavix), Dipyridamole (Persantine), Ticlopidine (Ticlid).
Anticoagulants – Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), Enoxaparin (Lovenox), Heparin, Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Apixaban (Elquis), Rivaroxaban (Xarelto).
For the estimated 2 to 3 million people on blood thinners in the United States, these drugs help blood flow through their bodies smoothly. This is important for people who have had or are at risk of having a heart attack or stroke. They are also beneficial for those who have a range of other medical issues and risk factors.
Because of how powerful these medications are, doctors need to ensure they have a full patient medical history before prescribing them. This includes knowing family medical history as well as what medications the patient is currently taking. Blood thinners may interact negatively with a patient’s current medications.
There are times when doctors prescribe blood thinners even though a patient is at low risk for certain diseases. Being prescribed any medication, particularly blood thinners, when it is not needed can lead to health issues that are not necessary.
Blood thinners have a low margin of error, meaning that giving too much can lead to immediate consequences. An overdose of these medications can lead to a patient having major medical emergencies, including a loss of consciousness or even death. In a hospital setting, doctors and nurses who give blood thinners through IVs need to be vigilant and monitor patient vital signs closely.
Patients also need to be aware that, when taking blood thinners, they are at higher risk for internal bleeding. Any injury they suffer could be further complicated by the presence of these medications.
A failure on the part of healthcare professionals to warn patients of the risks associated with any medication is negligence.
If you suspect that a doctor or nurse has erred in prescribing or giving blood thinner medications to you or a loved one, seek legal representation now. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, you can count on knowledgeable and experienced malpractice attorneys in Camden to be by your side. We will work to investigate your case so we can secure compensation for your injuries, from medical expenses to pain and suffering. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.