This is a surgical malpractice lawsuit filed by a man in Baltimore City against University of Maryland Medical Center. It was filed in Health Claims Arbitration on April 4, 2017, and it is the 157th medical malpractice case filed in Maryland in 2017.Summary of Plaintiff's Allegations
A 29-year-old man, diagnosed with a seizure disorder, suffers a seizure at home. He is taken to the hospital and intubated. He is transferred to University of Maryland Shock Trauma for specialized extracorporeal membrane oxygenation ventilator support (used to support cardiopulmonary disease and cardiac arrest).
The following day, he is transferred to University of Maryland Medical Center. When he arrives, he has adult respiratory distress syndrome, and undergoes a percutaneous veno-veno extracorporeal membrane cannulation. The surgeon attempts this procedure through the plaintiff's femoral artery, but the site is aborted and the surgeon goes into the man's left common femoral vein.
The following day, he is taken back to the operating room when he is found to have no pulse in his right foot. He is found to have a blood clot in the femoral artery where the previous day there was an attempted cannulation. A below-the-knee amputation is performed due to the hospital's failure to recognize the damage done during the first procedure. This was followed by an above-the-knee amputation.
The plaintiff files this claim alleging that when the surgeon aborted the site during the first procedure, there was no return of blood flow resulting in acute vascular insufficiency. He also alleges that very soon after the procedure the condition of his foot should have been noted and addressed. If it was properly recognized, proper blood flow would have been restored and amputation would not have been necessary.Additional Comments
- Plaintiff's claim is twofold. First, he claims a surgical error in failing to place the catheter appropriately. The second problem was failing to realize the injury that was caused.
- An ECMO is a life-saving technique where the equipment functions as the patient's heart and lungs. There is no question this man's condition was very serious.
- A large number of amputation cases involve the failure of the doctors and nurses to get a pulse in the patient's feet.
- Baltimore City
- University of Maryland Medical Center, Inc.
- University of Maryland Medical System, Corporation
- University of Maryland Shock Trauma
- University of Maryland Medical Center
- Failure to employ appropriate treatment, surgery and procedures
- Failure to carefully and thoroughly evaluate the plaintiff's condition
- Failure to thoroughly evaluate the effects and results of tests
- Failure to adjust the plaintiff's treatment in response to appropriate evaluation of effects of treatment
- Failure to diagnose the plaintiff's condition
- Medical Malpractice
- Carl W. Adams, M.D. - board certified in cardiothoracic surgery and general surgery; based in Colorado, associated with Parkview Medical Center
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- Our last amputation case in Baltimore City that led to a $5.2 million verdict
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