Emergency Room that Fails to Timely Diagnose a Pulmonary Embolism: Portland & Bend Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Pulmonary Embolisms and Emergency Room Malpractice: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers


A pulmonary embolism, or a PE, is when an artery in your lung is blocked by a blood clot.  This blood clot usually originates from your leg or legs due to deep vein thrombosis, or DVT.  A pulmonary embolism is a medical emergency and it must be immediately diagnosed or treated be a healthcare professional.  Failure to timely treat a PE could result in serious and irreparable damage to a person’s body, including their lungs, brain, and heart.  This can result in wrongful death too.  When a patient presents to an emergency room with the signs of a pulmonary embolism which is not timely treated, patients may become victims and should contact a Portland medical malpractice lawyer.


Signs of a Pulmonary Embolism Which Should be Recognized by an Emergency Room


Patients that are taken by an ambulance or present to the emergency department of a hospital or to an emergency room need to be accessed quickly to determine whether they are in need of immediate care and treatment.  This is called triage, and it prioritizes patient’s by their level of need from their injury.  Patients with more dangerous or serious injuries will need to be triaged higher and be treated faster.  


Patients that have a pulmonary embolism need to be treated immediately or it could be Oregon medical malpractice.  Some of the signs of a pulmonary embolism include the following:


  • Shortness of breath for no apparent reason;
  • Trouble catching one’s breath;
  • Chest pain;
  • Coughing, including coughing up phlegm or blood, for no apparent reason;
  • Shoulder pain;
  • Back pain;
  • Profuse sweating for no apparent reason;
  • Lightheaded feeling;
  • Feeling faint or uneasy, feeling like passing out;
  • Blue lips;
  • Feeling weak or tired;
  • Trouble walking; and
  • Many other symptoms.


When Triage Nurses and Emergency Rooms Fail to Identify the Symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism


The list of symptoms above may not necessarily and immediately indicate a pulmonary embolism.  For instance, many of the symptoms could indicate a heart attack or stroke.  Thus, some defendant-healthcare providers may claim that they were reasonably mistaken when they failed to elevate or triage higher the patient with symptoms of a pulmonary embolism.  Therefore they will claim their actions were reasonable and they have no liability.


However, this is a trick.  


Even though a healthcare provider may have reasonably overlooked the signs of a pulmonary embolism as something else like a heart attack, it is obvious that a heart attack should still have been triaged very high!  This would still require healthcare providers to identify the dangerous symptoms and immediately begin treating the symptoms and conducting tests.  During that time after completing tests, it would be assessed that it is not a heart attack but actually something else, which is when providers would determine it to be a pulmonary embolism.  This is why the emergency room would need to quickly identify the dangerous condition and treat it.  


Whether the healthcare providers failed to do it for the pulmonary embolism or another condition, when a patient is presenting with a serious medical emergency with the symptoms above, the patient must be immediately treated or it could be Oregon medical malpractice.


Was Your Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosed?  Delayed in Treatment?  Call Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer


If you or a loved one were seriously injured or wrongfully killed due to a misdiagnosed pulmonary embolism, call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer to learn what your rights may be.  Appointments and consultations are FREE.  Our law firm handle cases throughout Oregon, including Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main office is located.  


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