It is a well know fact that the human body must have fluids to survive. If the body does not have the appropriate amount of fluid in the system, shutdown of essential body functions will occur. In some instances the kidneys, which help control the overall balance of the body, begin to fail.
However, what happens if the body receives too much fluid? The answer is that too much fluid can harm the body also. This is probably not a shock because too much of anything is usually not good.
In a hospital setting, IVs are usually used to keep fluids running to the body. IVs can be used on patients for a variety of reasons from dehydration, to a patient who is for whatever reason not able to consume fluids on his or her own.
If for whatever reason a patient is given too much fluid through an IV severe damage can occur to the body’s organs or even a possible wrongful death. Some signs of too much fluid in the body are:
- swollen eyes
- swollen hands
- swollen ankles
- high blood pressure
- shortness of breath due to possible build up in lungs
- neck and vein distension (ballooning)
In a hospital setting proper maintenance of the IV drip can prevent in many instances too much IV fluid reaching the body. This requires that the nurses and other hospital staff monitor and document the flow of the IV intake into the patient.
Too much fluid in the body generally means that the body cannot absorb the fluids fast enough, causing considerable stress on the kidneys and heart. Individuals with diabetes and other compromised organs such as the kidneys are at a high risk of injury. Children too are generally at a high risk of injury.
The types of injuries normally seen from a fluid overload in the body are:
- heart failure
- pulmonary edema
- organ failure
- kidney failure
- wrongful death
In cases in which the above types of injures have occurred, be sure to make sure the underlying cause of the injury was due to too much fluid in the body. If you suspect too much fluid in the body was the cause of your injuries or the death of a loved one, be sure to request all medical records. These records can be used to help assist with determining the “underlying” cause of the injury or death.
If you feel the need to request the assistance of an attorney, your attorney may be able to help you understand all options which may be available to you.
Thanks for reading and make it a great Monday!
Boston Law Group, LLC