Final Diagnosis For Which Treatment Was Sought Including Patient's Actual Condition
Incarcerated ventral hernia
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
Anesthesia provided for the repair of incarcerated ventral hernia. Patient developed respiratory insufficiency post operatively
Diagnostic Code :
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
There was no misdiagnosis in this case
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
While in the post anesthesia care unit patient developed respiratory insufficiency which was initially conservatively managed with BiPap device. After blood gas testing showed mixed acidosis the decision was made to intubate and place the pt on the ventilator overnight. Patient was transferred to ICU with monitors and intubated on arrival. Tracheal intubation was uneventful. within 5-10 post intubation patient developed cardiac arrest. ACLS protocol was immediately initiated but was not successful. Patient was pronounced dead. Plaintiff alleged the death was caused by rushing to surgery and failure to treat respiratory insufficiency
Severity Of Injury
Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report
Caudill, Jeremy Edwards, Willie Putnam Community Medical Center
Stage of Legal System at which Settlement was Reached or Award Made
More than 90 days, after suit filed and prior to or during the course of mandatory settlement conference.
Final Method of Claim Disposition
Settled by parties
No Court Proceedings.
Award for plaintiff.
Date of Payment
Was there a settlement Resulting in payment to the Plaintiff?
Indemnity Paid by Insurer on behalf of Insured
Loss Adjust Expense Paid to Defense Counsel
All Other Loss Adjustment Expense Paid
Injured Person's Total Non-Economic Loss
Injured Person's Total Economic Loss
Incurred to Date
Safety Management Steps Taken by Insured to Make Similar Occurrence Less Likely
There were no safety issues related to the event. The death was caused by a catastrophic event not directly related to patient condition management which was difficult to prove due to event's close time proximity to the last management intervention and lack of an autopsy
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