Gentamicin Poisoning – Medical Negligence
Gentamicin is a widely used and powerful antibiotic, used to treat bacterial infections. However, it must be administered with caution as it can potentially cause a number of problems when given inappropriately.
What is Gentamicin?
Gentamicin is an aminoglycoside; other antibiotics in this family include Tobramycin, Streptomycin, Neomycin, Amikacin and Netilmicin. It is a particularly strong type of medication that destroys and prevents further growth of bacteria, often serious bacterial infections such as MRSA and C Diff. Additionally, it may be used to treat infections of the lung, skin, bone, stomach, blood and urinary tract.
Gentamicin can, however, lead to serious side-effects. Gentamicin is potentially ototoxic (potentially damaging to the organs of the ear, specifically the auditory nerve, cochlea or vestibular system) and nephrotoxic (potentially damaging to the kidneys). It is vital, therefore, that Gentamicin is prescribed with the utmost care taking into account factors such as the patient’s age, height, weight and kidney function.
A dose that is too high, or given for too long, could well cause the patient to suffer complications.
Side-Effects of Gentamicin
If Gentamicin is administered inappropriately a patient is likely to experience a condition known as ‘Gentamicin toxicity’. Gentamicin poisoning is known to cause any of the following:
- Kidney damage and renal failure
- Nerve damage
- Ototoxicity (damage to the ear, such as hearing loss, vertigo or ringing in the ears (tinnitus))
- Balance problems
- Problems with memory, concentration and fatigue
- Oscillopsia (bouncing vision)
In some serious cases of Gentamicin poisoning, patients have died. If you were prescribed Gentamicin during a hospital stay and you are experiencing any side-effects, please contact us to learn more about Gentamicin poisoning and your legal options for seeking compensation for the permanent damage you may have suffered.
Contact a Gentamicin Negligence Solicitor
PH Solicitors are experienced in handling cases involving the administration of Gentamicin and have helped people receive significant compensation for their pain and suffering. If you have suffered Gentamicin-related problems as a result of medical negligence, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim – we can quickly help you to decide whether or not it is feasible to make a claim and can advise on No Win No Fee, Legal Aid and other potential methods of funding.