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The different causes of air embolism

Posted on May 13, 2015 1:12 pm under Medical Malpractice

Air embolism refers to the formation of gas inside the body’s blood vessels. Although mild cases of air embolism present no signs and symptoms, serious air embolism might be accompanied by life-threatening indications, such as extremely low blood pressure, unconsciousness, and even stroke.

Because the pressure inside the blood vessels is much higher than the atmospheric pressure, bubble formation inside the blood vessels is almost always impossible without a ruptured, damaged, or open blood vessel. Blows, explosions, and any other events that forcefully push air into a damaged blood vessel could also result in air embolism. Divers in particular are prone to air embolisms due to pressure changes underwater.

Apart from these causes, air embolism can also result from medical negligence. Failing to remove excess air from a syringe before administering intravenous drugs, for instance, is a common medical mistake that may cause air embolism. To learn more about taking legal action against a negligent medical practitioner in Milwaukee, consult with a medical malpractice attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.