When a patient presents to a doctor or emergency room with symptoms of an impending stroke it is critical for doctors to move on treatment immediately.
Since time can be of the essence, it is imperative that medical professionals do not waste time as to the patient’s care.
When an ischemic stroke diagnosis delayed the patient can suffer serious injuries.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TYPES OF STROKES?
One of the first things that doctors do when a stroke is suspected is get to the bottom of the type of stroke that a patient may be suffering from.
To do this doctors will perform a CT scan and other tests to figure out the type of stroke, which is important for treatment purposes.
ISCHEMIC STROKE VS. HEMORRHAGIC STROKE
Doctors need to find out if a stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic in nature for treatment option purposes.
The easiest way to understand an ischemic stroke is to think of clotting.
As for a hemorrhagic stroke, the easiest way to understand this type of stroke is a bleeder.
So if a person is suffering from a hemorrhagic stroke, a doctor will not want to give them blood thinners, which will make the bleed worse.
This is why knowing the type of stroke is important.
SO WHAT ABOUT THIS DELAY YOU MENTIONED ABOVE?
In a case study we were reviewing, a patient presented to the emergency room with stroke like symptoms.
The ER doctor noted that a stroke was serious possibility and contacted a neighboring hospital because they had a better neurological department.
The other hospital agreed to admit the patient and help with treatment.
As a result the patient was transferred to the neighboring hospital.
However, when the patient arrived, there was no one ready to jump on the patient’s treatment.
So the patient sat with no treatment.
This unnecessary delay caused the patient serious injuries.
WAS THERE UNNECESSARY DELAY IN YOUR TREATMENT?
If you have suffered a stroke, or your loved one has died because of an ischemic stroke diagnosis delayed this is what we invite you to do if your matter happened in Maryland.
Pick up the phone and give us a call.
We can be reached at 301-850-4832.
We answer Maryland medical malpractice questions like yours all the time and we would be happy to listen to your story.