WAITING ROOMS 150 150 Lauren Ellerman

I was at an event this week when conversation turned to a local, large, “non-profit” hospital. A Friend told me he suffered a post-surgical hematoma, he knew what it was, and went to the local ER for treatment. Two hours into the treatment, when he had not yet been seen by a triage nurse, or anyone, he got in his car, and drove 10 miles to the smaller, level 1 trauma center in the next county. He arrived, told them the problem, and was taken in within 5 minutes. Now, we have had cases where undiagnosed hematomas (where blood begins to gather) have caused death… Aren’t I glad my friend had the ability to get himself to the other facility?

Sad…. Now I know it could have been a busy day, or one with surprised trauma accidents… But could it also be the one ER was properly staffed, organized and their staff educated to the danger of hematomas?

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Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.

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