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Exsanguination remains a significant threat to patients

Since the dawn of medical science, doctors have known that the ability to control and stop bleeding is essential to ensuring the wellbeing of patients.
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    December 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Since the dawn of medical science, doctors have known that the ability to control and stop bleeding is essential to ensuring the wellbeing of patients. In fact, some of the techniques used by modern physicians, such as compression and cauterization, were first described by Rufus of Ephesus, a Greek doctor writing in the first century A.D. Of course, researchers have developed new products and techniques in recent years designed to stop bleeding, but controlling hemorrhages remains a significant problem in the modern hospital setting. Unfortunately, in some cases, bleeding is preventable and patient death due to exsanguination may constitute medical malpractice.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately five million people in the world die of trauma, both accidental and non-accidental. Exsanguination, or "bleeding out," accounts for approximately 30 percent of these deaths.

Of course, when asked to think about the problem of patient death due to blood loss, most people would think about wounds suffered on a battlefield or injuries in a serious car accident. Some might be surprised to learn that mistakes during routine procedures, such as colonoscopies or simple surgical procedures, can also lead to exsanguination.

No matter the cause, what makes hemorrhages so dangerous is not just the significant blood loss. The loss of significant amounts of blood causes a chain reaction in the body leading to shock, inflammation and impairment of the blood's ability to form clots. What is worse, these problems can render it nearly impossible to resuscitate a patient. Unfortunately, in some cases, once massive blood loss is identified as a problem, it may already be too late. Even in cases where transfusions are available, significant complications may arise.

It may be counterintuitive, but exsanguination is a problem not only on the battlefield, but in hospitals across the U.S. The reality, of course, is that while doctors may have little recourse in cases of serious trauma, there is no reason for a patient to bleed to death after a simple, routine procedure in a modern medical facility.

If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an error by a doctor or other medical personnel, consider speaking to an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A medical malpractice lawyer can evaluate your case and explain your legal options. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For more information, contact an attorney today.

Article provided by Biancheria & Maliver, P.C.
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