Medical Negligence Results in Extravasation as Patient Receives Treatment for Hypocalcemia

Our client was admitted to the Hospital for a kidney transplant. Preliminary tests revealed that the client was suffering from a condition known as hypocalcemia, a calcium deficiency in the blood. Calcium chloride was administered to our client. Calcium chloride can only be safely administered into a large-bore catheter located within a central vein such as the internal jugular or subclavian. The nurse, however, administered the calcium chloride to the client through a peripheral IV in his left hand. The client suffered extravasation, meaning the calcium chloride leaked into the subcutaneous tissue of the client’s left hand, causing serious injuries. The case settled for $65,000.00