When emergencies arise and paramedics are called upon for medical assistance,
they must make some crucial decisions in the field. Depending on the severity
of the situation and the condition that an injured individual is in, there
are various actions that may be taken to help remedy any potential dangers.
Paramedics are tasked on making the difficult, quick decisions that could
be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, this timeline
can often lead to mistakes, especially in matters where intubation is
necessary. This is also true for doctors and other medical professionals
who have to perform this procedure.
What is Intubation?
Intubation is when a flexible plastic tube is inserted through the mouth
and down into the trachea, the airway from the mouth down into the lungs.
This allows for an open passageway for oxygen to pass through freely,
ventilating the passage way to the lungs. Oftentimes, the tubes used during
intubation may be hooked up to a ventilator machine to help the patient
breath when they are unable to do so by themselves and their respiratory
functions are not adequate enough to meet their needs.
The tube for intubation is inserted through the mouth while also using
a laryngoscope. This helps to allow the doctor or paramedic to see the
highest part of the trachea and hold the tongue out of the way.
Errors that May Occur
One of the more common errors that can occur during intubation is the insertion
of the tube into the esophagus rather than the trachea. This may cause
the patient to receive inadequate respirations and cardiac arrest, brain
damage, and even death can occur. Another potential error is when the
tube is placed too deep and only one lung is ventilated. This can cause
inadequate respiration as well as pneumothorax. Finally, it is possible
to damage the mouth, the teeth, the soft tissues, and the vocal cords
if intubation is done incorrectly.
Possible Legal Action
If you or a loved one was harmed due to an intubation error, it is important
to seek legal counsel in order to help you file the necessary claim. Whether
the injury was caused by a paramedic, a doctor, or any other medical professional,
you should be able to take the necessary steps to hold the liable party
accountable for their actions. At Paulson Coletti, our Portland personal
injury attorneys understand
medical malpractice claims and how to bring them to light. We know the many causes for intubation
errors and we work hard to prove negligence in your matter.
Intubation errors can be caused by:
- Untrained medical professionals
- Excessive force
- Distractions during the procedure
Our team works hard to prove that your injury was a direct result from
the intubation error. We build a case designed to seek the compensation
you need to cover medical expenses and lost wages. If you or someone you
love has suffered as a result of intubation error, reach out to our team
today. We offer
free case evaluations.