Prompt and accurate monitoring of New Jersey patients' vitals can provide some of the first clues that something may not be right. When important signs are missed or monitoring is skipped altogether, an illness or disease may progress to a disastrous end. A nurse's alleged negligence may have led to one man's kidney failure.
In Aug. 2013, a man had to undergo surgery to have various plates, rods, bone grafts and screws inserted in his back. He remained in the hospital for the week following the surgery. After being discharged, he was readmitted only a week later because he had developed an infection. After being prescribed an antibiotic, he was sent back home.
As part of his discharge, he was advised to utilize a registered nurse as home health care help. The nurse was supposed to help administer a prescribed antibiotic twice daily as well as monitor his blood levels. However, he says the nurse never actually checked his blood for any amount of the antibiotic. As a result, he claims that he came down with a fever and was forced to return to the hospital where it was determined that he was suffering from antibiotic toxicity.
The toxicity resulted in renal failure, which he claims was the nurse's fault for not monitoring his blood levels as she was hired to do. His suit outlines damages that include medical expenses, pain and suffering and emotional turmoil, issues with which victims in New Jersey may be familiar. Those who have suffered similarly from serious negligence may be well-advised to consider taking similar action in order to seek just compensation.
Source: louisianarecord.com, "Man files medical malpractice claim after allegedly suffering renal failure", Max Schramel, Feb. 24, 2015