Vietnam War veteran’s physical ailment neglected, causing death

A 63-year-old combat veteran wounded in Vietnam recently died as a result of medical malpractice and negligence. After admitting himself to the psychiatric unit at Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he soon complained of difficulty breathing. Nurses and doctors repeatedly gave him anti-anxiety medication to treat what they perceived to be an anxiety attack. The patient was only given a physical examination on five of his last thirteen days at the center. Physical examinations should be performed at least daily, especially when the patient is having trouble breathing. This missed diagnosis and hospital error ultimately led to the veteran’s death.

The veteran eventually died due to massive blood clots in his lungs. The failure of the hospital staff to perform routine physical examinations resulted in the death of a patient. This tragedy and wrongful death could have been prevented if the nurses and doctors on staff would have properly performed their jobs.

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