What Are the Number of Deaths Due to Improper Alcohol Detoxification?

What Are the Number of Deaths Due to Improper Alcohol Detoxification? What are the number of deaths due to improper alcohol detoxification?

Alcohol detoxification is the process of removing alcohol from someone’s body. For people who are heavy drinkers, alcohol detox can be life-threatening. They can experience serious alcohol withdrawal symptoms, so it is dangerous for someone to try to detox alone.

It is difficult to find an exact number of deaths due to improper alcohol detoxification. Between one and four percent of hospitalized detox patients die according to research in the New England Journal of Medicine.

How Improper Alcohol Detoxification Can Be Fatal

Contributing factors that can lead to death are:

Detoxification causes a condition called alcohol withdrawal that may include delirium tremors. Delirium tremors, or DTs, can increase the risk of death. Delirium tremors can cause:

Life-Threatening Medical Issues Can Develop During or After Alcohol Detox

Some patients develop life-threatening conditions even after the detoxification is over. These medical issues are the result of chronic alcohol abuse and may include:

Medical experts do not recommend that chronic drinkers try to detox themselves or go “cold turkey.” Even people who are moderate but regular drinkers need proper care and supervision as they go through the alcohol detoxification process.

Along with the more serious and potentially fatal complications, common symptoms of alcohol detoxification include:

You Can Reduce Your Risk of Death Due to Improper Alcohol Detoxification

Alcohol detoxification is safer when managed by a healthcare provider in a hospital or medical detox center. Mild and moderate alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be managed on an outpatient basis.

A professional medical detoxification center will supply proper supervision and care including:

What a Professional Detoxification Facility Offers

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are more than 14,500 drug treatment facilities in the United States. These facilities offer specialized medical care for alcohol detoxification and other addiction treatment.

A professional detoxification and rehabilitation center typically offer services that include:

Patients are checked throughout the withdrawal process by a team of professionals. These medical professionals may include counselors, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers. This helps to reduce the number of deaths due to improper alcohol detoxification.

How Negligence Contributes to Deaths from Improper Alcohol Detox

Many drug treatment centers are committed to patient safety during the alcohol detoxification process. Yet, there are some drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers that abuse, neglect, or mistreat their patients. Patients in alcohol detoxification and withdrawal are physically and emotionally fragile. They are easy victims for unscrupulous caregivers.

Alcohol detoxification centers have a similar duty of care as hospitals and nursing homes. Their job is to keep patients safe from harm from either themselves, other patients, their surroundings, and caregivers.

Examples of Injury, Abuse, and Neglect at an Alcohol Detoxification Center

Drug treatment centers should be safe, clean, and supportive places for alcohol detoxification. Some facilities do not meet this standard of care.

Here are a few examples of negligence in an alcohol detoxification facility:

Negligent Medical Professionals and Facilities Should Be Held Accountable

The number of deaths due to improper alcohol detoxification ranges from one to four percent of hospitalized patients. If you lost a family member because of medical malpractice or negligence associated with alcohol detoxification, you could be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

You could qualify for compensation if you lost a family member due to improper alcohol detoxification. To see if you qualify for damages in a wrongful death insurance claim or lawsuit, please call the law firm of Newsome Melton at 855-633-2757.


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