Plaintiff was admitted at the defendant hospital for heart problems. The attending physician ordered a powerful cardio-active drug. The physician failed to provide specific instructions pertaining to dosage or administration of the drug despite an FDA advisory indicating that infusion into small veins should be avoided due to the risk of sloughing of the skin and necrosis.
Plaintiff sustained injury when an IV was placed in a small vessel in Plaintiff’s left hand to administer the drug. Plaintiff soon developed swelling and severe pain on the top of her wrist and hand. Her skin in those areas turned purple, and she developed painful blisters. These blisters progressed into an open wound, complete with drainage and sloughing, which measured 13 cm by 4.3 cm at its largest.
Plaintiff sustained some decreased range of motion, and mild scarring.