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Medical Error Likely Led to Cancer Patient Death Say Officials

Our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys know that the total number of medical errors that are committed across the country each year would surprise most observers. Not only that but the consequences of those mistakes are frequently more severe than many might expect. The latest estimates suggest that as many as 100,000 patients are killed every year that would otherwise survive were it not for negligent medical care that is below a reasonable standard to which all patients should expect. Many families continue to have their lives turned upside down by poor care giving, and it is important for more attention to be focused on eliminating these preventable errors.

One of the latest cases garnering attention was reported by the Sacramento Bee this weekend. According to reports an Oakland resident was killed after a medical error was committed by a replacement nurse at a hospital. Police officers and hospitals administrators admit that the 66-year old cancer patient was killed this weekend after falling victim to a medication error.

Those familiar with the situation explain that the woman was being treated at the hospital by a replacement nurse. For reasons yet to be determined that nurse “administered a non-prescribed dosage of medication,” and a few hours later that victim was found unresponsive during normal nursing rounds. Emergency care was provided, but there was nothing that could be done. She died thirty minutes after being found unresponsive in her hospital bed. The hospital admitted that the death was likely caused by a medical error, but it was withholding certain details about the situation until a further investigation could be conducted. Local, state, and federal authorities are also investigating the situation to better understand exactly what happened.

The replacement nurse was as the facility in order to fill a nursing need caused by a nursing strike. Nurses working at eight different hospitals owned by the same parent company were locked-out of their position following disagreements over union discussions. As a result, the replacement nurses were hired temporarily by the hospitals to provide the care needed. However, the striking nurses are using the situation to explain their concerns about the level of care provided by the replacement nurses and the irresponsibility of “locking out” the regular nurses during this time of contract disagreement.

No local family should be forced to bury their loved one earlier than necessary because they happened to receive poor medical care. We must work to eliminate all the mistakes that can be eliminated. In many cases, the tools and protocols are available to prevent Illinois medical errors, however local facilities sometimes fail to abide by those protocols and enact necessary changes that would ultimately lower the rate of mistakes. This is unacceptable. Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers are proud to represent the victims of this negligent care in the court system. By holding poor care to account, local medical providers are often forced to take steps which will save lives in the future. In addition, the victims of these tragedies often give a degree of redress to help account for the losses they sustained as a result of the negligent medical care.

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