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  • Unsupervised Patient Falls and Fractures Pelvis During Discharge; Hospital Settles

    An elderly patient was being discharged from the hospital following an admission for respiratory difficulties. The patient, who was a high fall risk, was escorted outside the hospital by an aide during discharge. The patient’s daughter was to meet the patient in the front of the hospital. The aide left the patient sitting by herself on a bench just outside the hospital entrance. Before the patient’s daughter arrived, the patient fell and sustained a pelvis fracture. The hospital’s discharge policy required staff to remain with the patient to provide supervision throughout the discharge process until the patient was safely placed into the care of a family member. The patient died two weeks after the fall. The patient’s family sued the hospital for failing to supervise the patient for the duration of the discharge process. The hospital settled the case for a confidential amount.


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  • Hospital Cuts Off Patient’s Ventilator in Error and Patient Dies; Hospital Settles

    An 88-year old man was admitted to the hospital with respiratory compromise. The patient required respiratory support and was placed on a ventilator. In order for the patient to receive diagnostic testing at the hospital, the patient’s ventilator was placed in “stand by” mode, during which the ventilator was not providing oxygen. When the patient returned from the diagnostic testing, hospital staff did not take the patient’s ventilator out of “stand by” mode for about 15 minutes. Hospital staff later noticed the patient's oxygen level was desaturating, and CPR had to be initiated. The patient was resuscitated but sustained an anoxic brain injury due to oxygen deprivation. The anoxic brain injury caused the patient’s death two days later. The patient’s family made a claim against the hospital, which was settled for a confidential amount before a lawsuit was ever filed.

 

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