“Lucy won £4,250 in compensation after doctors failed to recognise that she had suffered from an extravasation injury leaving her in significant pain.”
In June 2013, Lucy was undergoing gynaecological investigations at the Defendant Hospital Trust and during the course, she underwent a CT scan of her pelvis. As part of the procedure to undergo the CT scan, she was administered with contrast dye, which is a procedure used to enhance and improve images from scans.
Doctors suggested that this scan would detect any problems which may require surgery, but the CT report confirmed that the scan was not viable due to "tissuing of the contrast". This meant that the contrast dye, administered to allow the doctor to review relevant organs, had leaked into Lucy's arm. This created further investigation.
At first, the Defendant Hospital Trust indicated that they had followed department procedure and that there had been no problems, even though Lucy complained she was in great pain. A radiographer withdrew and removed the cannula, then the contrast dye needed to be removed from soft tissues of her arm. Clear standards and protocols show how to insert a cannula, properly monitoring the flow of the contrast agent and recognising any extravasation injury.
It was later stated, that the Hospital accepted there was a failure to monitor the flow of the contrast agent and recognise Lucy's extravasation injury. However, they did not accept that there was failure to properly insert the cannula, nor did they accept there was failure to treat injury once it had occurred. In the circumstances of Lucy's injuries, which were not accepted to a certain extend, the settlement was reached to the sum of £4,250.
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*Lucy is a fictional name used for a real client, used to protect her anonymity.