In the healthcare profession, safety rules called “standards of care” are implemented to prevent harm to patients. Failure to adhere to those standards may constitute medical malpractice. The misdiagnosis of kidney disease is medical malpractice that places a patient at risk for the loss of kidney function. If you are a kidney disease patient and you are the victim of medical malpractice, act quickly to discuss your case with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. Other possible instances of malpractice that puts kidney disease patients at risk include:
- Medication mistakes: The wrong medication can cause serious harm and even death.
- Use of hydroxyethyl starch: Hydroxyethyl starch is an intravenous solution given to patients following excessive blood loss from a surgery or trauma. It increases the danger of acute kidney injury.
- Contrast dyes in radiology procedures: Medical procedures such as MRIs, CT scans, and other radiology studies require a contrast dye so that blood vessels can be identified on an X-ray. These dyes account for twelve percent of hospital-induced kidney failure. This injury is called contrast-induced nephropathy.
- Poorly treated diabetes or high blood pressure: For a diabetes patient with high blood pressure, a failure to prescribe high blood pressure medication puts the patient at risk for kidney failure. High blood pressure can damage blood vessels, and when vessels that supply blood to a kidney are damaged, that kidney will not work properly and may lose function.
A physician’s failure to recognize kidney disease symptoms can put a patient at serious risk. However, if caught early and treated appropriately, kidney disease progress can be slowed and kidney failure can be prevented. If a healthcare professional fails to order a blood test or fails to follow up on an abnormal result, it is medical negligence. If you are a double victim – a victim of both kidney disease and medical negligence – put your case in the hands of an experienced medical malpractice attorney and make the call immediately.