Most medical experts in Providence County would agree that up-to-the-minute diagnostic testing and an observance of a patient’s current symptoms are both required in order to deliver adequate care. Any deviation from this standard could result in inappropriate therapies or interventions to be ordered, the application of which could potentially cause one’s condition to worsen even to the point of death. If such deviations are discovered, those affected by such errors may justly wonder why they ever happened.
Such is the question being posed through a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania man who recently lost his wife to a subarachnoid hemorrhage (or bleeding on the brain). He claims that the doctors who treated his wife failed her in two ways: they dismissed laboratory results showing abnormal partial thromboplastin time levels (clotting factors that indicate bleeding problems) as incorrect, and continued to administer the blood thinning medication Heparin. They then failed to heed her complaints of persistent head and neck pain, which the lawsuit claims were indicators of her being overmedicated. She subsequently become unresponsive and required intubation and admittance into intensive care. Her family later made the decision to withdraw care. She died the following day.