An air embolism, also known as a gas embolism, occurs when air enters the vascular system. An air embolism can occur in both a vein (venous) and an artery (arterial). An arterial embolism is more serious than a venous embolism, but both can cause blockage leading to organ damage, stroke, and heart attack. This is because an air bubble in a vein or artery can keep vital, oxygenated blood from reaching organs. During medical treatment, air embolisms may be caused by lung trauma, syringe injection, intravenous (IV) treatment, catheters, and other surgical treatments.
Signs of an Air Embolism
A minor air embolism may have no symptoms at all, or just mild ones. A serious air embolism can cause the following symptoms:
Low blood pressure
Loss of consciousness
Joint or muscle pain
See a physician immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms.
Lawsuits for Air Embolisms from Medical Treatments
Medical professionals have a duty of care when they perform procedures like changing IV bags. Improper technique can leave air in the tubing, resulting in an air embolism. The same can be said for the use of syringes and other medical tools. Likewise, the designers and manufacturers of such devices have a duty to ensure that medical instruments they sell will not harm those treated with them. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to an air embolism caused by a medical procedure or device, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Atlanta’s medical malpractice attorneys at the Grant Law Office can answer any legal questions you may have and represent you in a medical malpractice or defective device claim. Call (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 today for a free case evaluation.