My mom died recently from an overdose of heparin the doctor advised me to also give her warfarin without checking her blood work properly also after they gave her the 4 days of heparin they bagged her for 2 days to get into hospice didn't know why at the time??? They told her that she would die around strangers if she didn't i was clueless before they did this I informed the doctor of all my mom illness and what she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer she went under radiation treatment due to bleeding and the radiation worked but after they gave her all of that heparin I had to watch her for 6 days in hospice to bleed to death I dumb founded about hospice and how they convinced her & myself to put her into hospice one nurse told her that she didn't need to get cpr because they would kill her and crush her bones in her chest scared my mom very bad she was talked into signing the dnr my heart is broken she was My Best Friend I knew eventually she would leave me her but not by bleeding to death where blood would just pours out of her 97 pounds body!!!
My condolences for your loss. Representation of most malpractice cases are based upon both liability (what was done improperly/departures from accepted practice) and damages. A person with stage 4 cancer and a severely attenuated life expectancy rarely can be considered as an economically justifiable investment to spend the money and time needed for a malpractice suit. Confirm with local malpractice counsel.
So sorry for your loss. Overlapping heparin with coumadin is standard practice.. Managing anticoagulation in any patient with any Stage 4 cancer can be extremely challenging as advanced cancer is a hyper coagulable state. And once the decision was made to engage hospice services, the standard of care for what is required of healthcare providers changes dramatically. I hope that helps a small bit to make sense of your loss.
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