Nephrology is a field of internal medicine; it emphasizes the study of the kidney. Nephrologists diagnose and treat kidney diseases. They use a variety of techniques to do so, including dialysis and renal transplants.
In a medical malpractice case, nephrology expert witnesses can review the facts and evidence to determine whether or not there was a departure from the standards of care. If there was malpractice, the nephrology expert witness can identify the exact instance(s) of malpractice to help you build a strong case for your client. If no malpractice is identified, you can close the case rather than pursuing a time-consuming and costly trial.
1) “Dialysis Unit Communication – Real Time or Real Problem”
Dialysis Unit Communication: At present there are more than 6500 dialysis centers in the Untied States that provide life saving care for patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring in renal replacement therapy. This often thrice-weekly form of treatment has become commonplace in virtually every major city and suburb in the US. Dialysis care is almost universally provided by Nephrologists (physicians specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases) in close collaboration with a team of health care providers that includes specially trained dialysis nurses technicians, social workers and dieticians. Dialysis care is now considered sufficiently routine that the Nephrologists need not be present during each treatment.
2) “Missed Diagnosis of Pre-Eclampsia”
If the patient starts out her pregnancy with 130/70 blood pressure and the 70 changes to 80, it must be looked at, not necessarily treated, but looked at. If the 80 goes up to 85, then you have to be concerned about the possibility of early pre-eclampsia, a high blood pressure condition in pregnancy which can cause damage to the mother and the baby. When there is high blood pressure in the mother, blood flow to the placenta, which nourishes the baby, is impaired and there is a higher risk of the placenta separating from the lining of the uterus (abruptio placenta).
3) “Mild Hyponatremia: new risk of memory changes, gait disturbances and death”
Hyponatremia: Hyponatremia is defined as a lower than normal serum sodium concentration using routine laboratory testing of serum electrolytes. Although chronic hyponatremia below 120 mEq almost universally prompts medical investigation, milder forms are usually overlooked or disregarded as being of little clinical significance.
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