The worst is over. At least that is what you tell yourself. If you suffer significant trauma that requires amputation, you convince yourself that at least the worst part has passed. Now you can start the process of healing, both your body and your mind.
Unfortunately, it is not always that simple, as illustrated by a recent study by Dr. Saam Morshed. Dr. Morshed conducted a study using the National Trauma databank, and what he discovered was heartbreaking. Of the 1,386 patient records analyzed by Dr. Morshed, 18 percent of the patients had complications and a full 30 percent required additional surgery. The most common complications included:
- Acute kidney injury
- Acute lung injury
- Respiratory distress
Dr. Morshed is still working to discover the common factors that predict these complications. He noted that pulmonary embolism and sepsis occurring during the injury or surgery were strong predictors of additional long-term complications.
Trauma related amputations have become increasingly prevalent in our society, both due to the number of soldiers injured on the battlefield and the large number of individuals with factory jobs or other occupations that put them at risk of amputation. Though following safety protocols at work offers some measure of protection against injury, there are factors outside a person’s control that can lead to an accident and serious trauma.
If you or someone you love has required a limb to be amputated due to trauma, it is important you are aware of potential health complications associated with these types of injuries and surgeries. Complications, in addition to being extremely dangerous and damaging to our health, are also very expensive. If you suspect negligence contributed to your injury, don’t hesitate to contact a qualified attorney to help you pursue the settlement you deserve to afford the healthcare to which you are entitled.