While every patient in Providence is different and the way that one responds to the manifestation of an ailment may be unique, there are established standards of care that healthcare providers are expected to follow when patients present to a hospital or clinic. Depending upon the symptoms that patients are showing, providers are expected to assess and prioritize their needs for treatment accordingly. There are some symptoms that could potentially indicate very serious problems. Patients complaining of such symptoms often need to be seen immediately to see if these problems are actually occurring within them.
An alleged heart attack misdiagnosis by a Louisiana hospital’s staff has led a man to sue for medical malpractice following the death of his wife. He contends that she presented to the hospital’s emergency room complaining of severe chest pain. Yet rather than being rushed back to rule out a possible heart attack, she was simply given aspirin and told that she’d have to wait to be treated. In actuality, she was indeed experiencing a heart attack, but was still made to wait for almost six hours before being treated. The lawsuit contends that she ultimately died because she was delayed treatment.
While it may be impossible to accurately diagnose a patient at the front desk, people should still expect that when they experience symptoms that clearly indicate major distress, a qualified healthcare professional should be able to recognize the potential danger and ensure that they are treated right away. A failure to do this may be seen as falling short of the standard of care and could prompt patients and/or their families to press for compensation for such negligence. Anyone looking to initiate such action may wish to first secure the services of an attorney.
Source: The Louisiana Record “Ochsner Hospital sued for allegedly not treating heart attack victim who later died” Kyle Barnett, July 10, 2014