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Old 10-30-2008, 10:29 PM
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Default Patient Hemorrhages, Dies Just Out Of The Hospital: Jury Blames The Discharge Nurse

Patient Hemorrhages, Dies Just Out Of The Hospital: Jury Blames The Discharge Nurse

The court record mentioned without elaboration that the patient had a history of hypertension before entering the hospital for this surgery. Patient Hemorrhaged, Died Shortly After Leaving Hospital The physician signed a discharge order shortly after 5:00 p.m. for the patient to leave at 5:30. The patient did not actually go until 6:30 p.m. because of a mix-up locating his keys and wallet. Ten minutes after leaving the hospital, however, in the car on the way home, he began bleeding profusely from his mouth. His wife drove him back to an office building on the hospital campus and paramedics were called. They were unable to save him.

The jury returned a verdict for the widow and children for $1,834,914.31 based entirely on the negligence of the nurse involved in his discharge.


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And that is one of the scary things about our job...
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Reading articles such as this scares the tripe outta me
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It is scary. But you don't discharge a patient with a BP 178/whatever it was, especially one who just had surgery!!!! That nurse should have called the MD regarding the high BP.
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ESP when you have given apresoline TWICE during the recovery time....

I get scared to death.... and am glad I am going into something else....
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yes quite scary
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Wow, wonder who has to pay the fine. My ins. goes up to $1 mil.

This has several bad scenerios. The "flip 'em out fast as you can" mind of the hospitals, and even the thought he may have had that they lost his keys and wallet. But if he was a hypertensive his pressure sure should have been controlled better and for a longer period of time than that before they flipped him out. Wonder why it is that the Doc didn't ask about the vital signs on releasing him?

Goes to show, no surgery is a simple surgery.
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Hey - That is just scary! It could potentially ruin that nurses career, and I have worked with other staff members that are cavalier in their charting, assessments, meds, and on and on. And, it only takes a minute to change the course of your nursing career and a patient's life forever. Especially in today's world of healthcare where some comsumers are so "lawsuit happy".

Does anyone know where this happened? I think that I saw something about it happening in Louisiana, my home state. It definetlyy opened my eyes to the potential disasters that one careless error could cause.

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