Misplaced Catheter Blamed in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

A U.S. veteran died from blood poisoning, due to what his family alleges was medical negligence in the form of a misplaced catheter. According to MensHealth.com, the medical malpractice lawsuit filed by his survivors indicates the patient suffered from both a traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis when he sought treatment at a Veteran’s Affairs clinic in Missouri for a condition called neurogenic bladder, common with MS patients. The condition makes it tough for patients to control their bladder function. After his catheter was changed at the facility, the 52-year-old was returned to the facility where he resided, where caregivers noted he had a fever – and large amounts of clotting and blood at the end of his penis. He was rushed to the hospital, diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and also sepsis, a life-threatening complication of bacterial infection. Plaintiffs allege a CT scan conducted soon thereafter showed the balloon in the Foley catheter…

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