Numerous studies have shown that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. Medication errors alone are responsible for thousands of deaths each year. Medication errors can cause adverse effects or catastrophic injuries.
In a recent FDA warning, tranexamic acid has been administered to patients via the spinal column, causing horrific reactions. The Weitz Firm LLC knows all too well the devastation a careless and preventable mistake has on a family. Our dedicated attorneys have earned a reputation as one of the most successful boutique medical malpractice firms in Philadelphia. If a medical professional’s negligent acts have injured you or someone you love, call our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys today.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is warning other medical professionals of the dangers of administering the wrong drug. Three cases have come to light where tranexamic acid was issued instead of an anesthetic.
In one case, an anesthesiologist administered tranexamic acid to a patient instead of bupivacaine, a localized anesthetic, before knee surgery. Despite the anesthesiologists quickly realizing the mistake, the patient experienced seizures.
In another case, a patient was due to have hip replacement surgery. The patient was to receive a local anesthetic for spinal anesthesia and instead received tranexamic acid. The patient also experienced seizures paired with extreme pain.
In the last case, the patient who received tranexamic acid by mistake experienced seizures to the point she was placed in an induced coma for several days. The patient was also supposed to be given bupivacaine before her bilateral knee replacement.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has warned that;
When patients are given tranexamic acid via the spinal cord, it is highly harmful to patients.
Every patient is entitled to be treated with care and attention to detail. With higher-level training, medical professionals need to be held accountable for such preventable mistakes.
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