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Injuries: wrongful death
The plaintiff, a 30 year old woman, presented to the emergency room at the defendant hospital with complaints of severe abdominal pain. Initial vitals revealed her to have no fever, a pulse of 88 and a blood pressure of 100/60. Flat and upright abdominal films revealed a high grade small bowel obstruction. Laboratory assessment revealed the plaintiff's white count to be 20,300. The plaintiff was informed that she required surgery, and she was transferred to a larger hospital despite a significant decline in her condition. An arterial blood gas taken shortly before the transfer revealed the plaintiff to have a significant metabolic acidosis -- a life threatening condition.
During transport, no oxygen, intravenous fluids or medications were administered, and no vital signs were monitored except for cardiac monitoring. The plaintiff experienced full cardiac arrest upon arrival at the larger hospital, and she was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
The plaintiff alleged that defendant ER physician violated the standard of care in failing to appropriately assess and stabilize her condition prior to transport. The plaintiff further alleged that the defendant ambulance service was negligent in accepting her as a patient for transport given her unstable condition and failed to appropriately monitor and respond to her deteriorating medical condition during transport.