Certain hospitals and medical care facilities specialize in certain areas of treatment. For example, there are hospitals specializing in medical disciplines throughout Pennsylvania. Some of these specialties include children, cancer centers and burn centers. One Pennsylvania hospital, which advertises itself as a facility for high-level stroke treatment, is under suspicion due to a lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that the hospital failed to give a patient an MRI despite a neurologist’s recommendation when she came to the emergency room in October 2016.
The suit alleges that the patient ended up suffering a right MCA stroke after being in the hospital’s care for three hours. She was then transferred for treatment to another hospital in Philadelphia, according to the complaint. Prior to this event, the patient had stated that she had weakness on one side of her body and slurred speech. These are warning indications of an impending stroke.
Instead of performing the MRI as ordered by a doctor, staff reported her ailment as a painful headache and claimed she had a history of them even though the last occurrence in her medical records was seven years ago. This seems to be a case of not only misdiagnosis, but, potentially, a violation of the Federal Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act, which requires anyone coming to an emergency department be stabilized and treated. The injured is seeking $6 million in damages.
It is especially interesting that this facility facing the lawsuit claims to specialize in stroke treatment. That makes this case even more concerning. While all medical facilities are required to perform treatment and diagnosis to the best of their ability, the truth is that certain locations are better equipped than others. For the ones that are equipped, the warning signs of a stroke should not be ignored.
Source: law360.com, “Pa. Hospital Hit With $6M Suit Over Slow Stroke Treatment,” Darcy Reddan, Nov. 1, 2017