Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent patients like you who have suffered injuries due to medical mistakes made by doctors, nurses, and hospitals. Many of these injuries are very serious, often requiring extensive medical treatment and the need for additional surgeries. When a medical error causes a death, it can give rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.
There are risks involved in every medical procedure and not all poor results are due to medical malpractice. A lawsuit can only be filed when there is a medical error or mistake that caused your injury. Our experience medical malpractice lawyers will review your medical chart and determine whether your injury was the result of negligent treatment or just a normal risk or complication of your procedure.
Chronic hemodialysis is a procedure used to treat kidney failure. A patient's blood is removed from the body through a vein and circulated through a machine that filters the waste products and excess fluids from the blood. The "cleaned" blood is then returned to the body. Chronic means this procedure is performed on a regular basis.
Hemodialysis sessions take place in a hospital's dialysis unit or an outpatient dialysis center. You can sit up and remain fully alert while receiving hemodialysis. Two needles are usually inserted, one to remove the blood from the vein, and the other to return the blood. The blood flows through plastic tubing to a filter called a dialyzer. A dialyzer works somewhat like an oil or fuel filter in a car. It consists of many small fibers that collect the waste products and extra fluids that your kidneys are unable to filter from the blood. The dialyzer is surrounded by a fluid called dialysate. Dialysate is a chemical solution that takes the wastes and extra fluids trapped by the dialyzer and carries them away from the blood. The dialysate also contains electrolytes and other chemicals that your body needs to maintain in a careful balance in order to function properly. These are added to the purified blood, which is then returned to your body through the second needle. During this process, the dialysis machine monitors the flow of blood, as well as your blood pressure. A hemodialysis session usually takes anywhere from two to five hours. Patients requiring chronic hemodialysis usually need three sessions per week. Some patients on chronic hemodialysis choose to learn to perform this procedure with a machine at home.
Risks of Hemodialysis Procedures
The most common risks of a Hemodialysis procedure are:
- Hypotension, hemorrhage, sepsis, cardiac arrhythmias
- Allergic reaction to tubing and dialyzer
- Pulmonary edema
- Air bubbles in the bloodstream
- Seizure, hypothermia, fever
- Viral infections such as HIV
- Cardiac arrest
Contact a Michigan Hemodialysis Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you suspect that you or a family member have been the victim of medical malpractice from a hemodialysis procedure, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your case may be barred forever. Call us now at (800) 606-1717.
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