No one wants to suffer a serious illness or accident of any kind, but it does happen. If it were to happen to you, you would expect the medical personnel looking after you to provide the very best care that was available.
In this situation they are responsible for monitoring the condition of the patient and treating any symptoms that may arise. If another condition arises as a result of the treatment, such as ventilator-assisted pneumonia, it can lead to a further threat to health.
What is ventilator-assisted pneumonia?
In many cases pneumonia develops after being infected by inhaling the germs that can cause it. It can be caught from other people but there are different types of pneumonia so it depends which one you have.
However when someone is critically ill in hospital and is on a ventilator, they can get ventilator-assisted pneumonia. This only occurs when on a ventilator, as the name would suggest. Whereas a healthy person might start coughing or experiencing pain or producing sputum, this will not occur when someone who is sedated develops the condition.
This means the care givers must be alert to the first signs of pneumonia so they can tackle it and treat it as quickly as possible. If this is not done it can lead to a worsening of the condition the person is suffering from.
A duty of care
This term is often heard with regard to the duties and services all medical personnel are required to give. For example, they have to ensure the very best care is given at all times, both in a reactive sense and in a preventative sense. If ventilator-assisted pneumonia develops as a result of negligent care, the patient has a right to bring a compensation claim against those involved.
Ring our 24/7 enquiry line for more information now
If you or an immediate family member has suffered from this condition as a direct result of being ventilated, you have the right to consider a claim. We are waiting to help you as we have helped other people in this situation. Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 and make sure you have the details of your case available. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can assess your claim to see whether there is a good chance of getting compensation. If negligence can be proven there is a good chance you can get damages for the incident you have been through.
Date Published: May 13, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim