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Treatments for air embolism

Posted on May 17, 2015 1:54 pm under Medical Malpractice

Air embolism presents serious complications, especially when it blocks primary blood vessels of the heart, lungs, and brain. As such, immediate diagnosis and treatment for air embolism is needed to prevent any life-threatening incidents. The primary goals of air embolism treatment are to eliminate the source of air entrainment, to prevent the formed gas from damaging the body, and to get rid of the air embolus.

There are several approaches to reach those goals:

  • Aspiration therapy – A catheter could be used to aspirate the bubbles from the right atrium during a coronary air embolism.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy – During this therapy, the patient will be placed inside a pressurized tube containing pure oxygen. With increased atmospheric pressure and oxygen level, air bubbles inside the blood vessels would shrink and be absorbed by the bloodstream

Air embolism is sometimes a result of a blood transfusion, an invasive surgery, or an infusion therapy done negligently by medical practitioners. Our lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can answer your queries about filing a medical malpractice claim against an offending party in Wisconsin. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.