Nursing Failures to Count Fluid Intake & Output Led to Fluid Overload
A middle-aged woman’s lungs began progressively filling up with fluid over several days in a hospital after she had surgery. Despite chest X-rays that showed the slow progression of fluid in the lungs, various hospital physicians did not timely recognize or treat it. As it turned out, hospital nursing staff was not carefully recording her fluid intake and output (I&O) levels after the surgery, despite physician’s orders to do so when she was receiving constant intravenous (IV) fluids. Eventually the woman’s breathing became worse due to the hundreds of cc’s more IV fluid that she had in her body than she had excreted out, and she had a respiratory arrest that resulted in her death. Mark Clore represented her family and was able to achieve a confidential settlement as a result of the woman’s death.
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