Four Healthcare Professionals To Be Disciplined In Florida Medical Malpractice Death
Medical professionals must abide by the oath “Do no harm,” but that does not mean do nothing at all. The negligence shown by four paramedics caused a young mother to die after she suffered a stroke and did not receive adequate medical attention. They now face hearings, possible termination and even a medical malpractice case.
On July 4, a woman was found unresponsive in her bathtub by her mother. The 30-year-old mother of two had just given birth to a baby five days earlier. She had undergone a C-section to deliver her baby. She had passed out and was drooling—possible symptoms of a stroke. Four paramedics—three men and a woman ranging in ages from 28 to 38—responded to the 911 call. All had been with the fire-rescue department for at least five years.
Upon arriving at the woman’s home, the paramedics did not provide immediate medical treatment. While they removed her from the home, they did not examine her. Instead, it is alleged that because the woman was an African-American who just had a baby, they questioned whether she could not afford an ambulance ride.They also failed to ask the woman’s mother to sign a consent form.
The paramedics did not transport her to the hospital. The victim’s mother was the one who drove her to Brandon Regional Hospital. She was then flown to Tampa General Hospital, where she later died.
On top of that, the four paramedics are accused of falsifying records. In the logging system, they stated that the patient could not be found.
The victim’s mother is angered by the action of the medical professionals, whose negligence killed her daughter. The four paramedics deny the claims regarding the cost of the ambulance ride. They claim that they were willing to give the patient a ride to the hospital, but that the victim’s mother voluntarily decided to drive her. In addition, the patient appeared to be conscious and not in critical condition by the time the paramedics arrived.
The paramedics were placed on administrative leave on July 20. They now face a disciplinary hearing in Hillsborough County to determine whether or not they should be charged with gross neglect. They may be terminated from their jobs. It is unknown if the family of the victim intends to file a medical malpractice claim.
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Unfortunately, racism and other prejudices still pop up in today’s society. Even though we are well into the 21st century, not every American is getting the equal rights they deserve. This should not be tolerated in the medical community, where everyone deserves the best medical care possible, regardless of skin color.
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