The South Florida medical malpractice law firm of Halberg & Fogg PLLC handles cases involving injuries from PICC lines (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter). These devices along with IV catheters and ports can be helpful if properly handled and inserted.
Unfortunately, if these devices are improperly inserted or handled there can be catastrophic damage to the patient, including infection, loss of limb or even loss of life.
Not only is it important how these devices are handled and inserted, it is also critical how the condition of the patient is followed on an ongoing basis. If warning signs of injury are ignored, the results can be tragic.
The health care providers need to be fully aware of any change in the status of the patient and the insertion site.
There are many tools health care providers can use to make sure that the PICC line is properly placed. Failure to use all the tools may result in disaster. Facilities that rely solely on chest x-ray finds are shortchanging their patients. Ultrasound guidance for central line placement is associated with fewer attempts and fewer complications, and is recommended by the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Ultrasounds can significantly mitigate the negative impact of clinician inexperience discussed above.
This is even of more concern when dealing with a new-born baby who needs supportive care.
The lawyers at Halberg & Fogg PLLC have assisted individuals and families that have been injured as a result of medical malpractice for over 40 years. If you or a loved one has been injured, it is important to contact a qualified and knowledgeable attorney who can help you, and your family, recover the compensation that you deserve. The lawyers at Halberg & Fogg PLLC. have years of experience handling these types of cases and are willing to speak to you at any time for a free consultation.