Improper Wound Care Leading to Amputations: New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Hospitals, Infections, Surgery

New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explaining Improper Wound Care Leading to Amputations 

You are taught from a young age that any wound could result in an infection.  You do not need to be a medical doctor to know this.  But unfortunately, some medical doctors need to get retrained in this.  Improper wound care is a problem and it can lead to infection, but also sepsis.  That’s a condition you are not usually taught about as a young child, but sepsis can result in significantly worse injuries and even wrongful death.  Yes, wrongful death from an infection.  But if you are lucky to survive an infection or sepsis from improper wound care, you may be forced with an amputation instead.  This is another horrifying condition.  In either situation fo death of amputation, wound care errors could be New York medical malpractice.

Amputations from improper wound care can occur quickly.  Usually this is when there is some type of gangrenous infection, necrotic infection, or drug-resistant infection.  Compartment syndrome can also compromise a limb and require an amputation.  Other injuries from improper wound care such as negligent debridement of tissue, improper sterilization techniques, and even deciding to amputate too quickly can also be New York medical malpractice.

Indeed, sterilization errors are usually the cause of improper wound care.  This could be in the handling of the tools and bandages, but it could also be in how the medical staff cleans his or her hands before a procedure—called scrubbing up or scrubbing in.  Improper sterilization of tools by hospital technicians even before a procedure occurs could also be the cause.

In any event or cause, improper wound care really should not occur.  This is something basic that children are taught, and the prolonged education and practical experience at medical school should ingrain the importance of wound care.  But infections from improperly treated wounds do occur and should have been preventable.  This is a serious problem and healthcare providers should be liable.

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