Hospitals Slow To Respond To Cardiac Arrest
Article posted on:02/12/2008
As set forth in the New York Times last month, the results of a new study have shown that in nearly a third of cases hospital staffs take too long to respond to sudden cardiac arrests. The study, to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that the delays contribute to increased rates of brain damages and death each year. Data for the study were gathered from records at 369 hospitals where patients' hearts stopped because of conditions that could be reversed using a defibrillator.
According to the American Heart Association, regardless of whether you have been trained, you should begin CPR with chest compressions on a person who you suspect is having a heart attack or is unconscious from a heart attack. With each passing minute after a heart attack, more heart tissue loses oxygen and begins to deteriorate and die. The way to prevent heart damage is to restore the flow of blood quickly. Medications that are typically given to heart attack victims include aspirin (reduces blood clotting, helping blood flow through a narrowed artery), clotbusters or thrombolytics (help dissolve a clot in your artery), super aspirins, nitroglycerin (temporarily opens arterial blood vessels, improving blood flow), beta blockers (help relax your heart muscle, slow your heartbeat and decrease blood pressure, making heart's job easier), ACE inhibitors (lower blood pressure and reduce stress of heart), and cholesterol lowering medications (otherwise known as statins).
If you or a loved one believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice regarding the failure to timely diagnose you with a heart attack and/or failure to properly treat you following a heart attack, contact the attorneys at Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White at 410-385-2225 for a free consultation or visit our website to set up your free consultation. Our attorneys generally handle these matters on a contingency fee basis, meaning we lay out the expenses in advance and our clients do not owe us any money unless we are successful for them in a settlement or after trial.