Woman Sues Hospital in New Mexico for Resuscitating Her

November 19, 2018

  • November 19, 2018 at 11:39 am
    Fair Playing Field says:
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    Textbook case of “damned if you do; damned if you don’t”.

    • November 19, 2018 at 7:57 pm
      SRM says:
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      Not really — if she had a properly signed DNR or living will, it would have been clear to the medical team what the proper course of action was. And, in fact, she did have a DNR on file.

      • November 19, 2018 at 8:45 pm
        Fair Playing Field says:
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        Yes, really. The hospital put the woman into cardiac arrest by administering dilaudid despite being notified she was allergic. The options:

        Do not resuscitate her; defend against a wrongful death claim; or
        Resuscitate her; defend against a negligence claim.

  • November 19, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Christy says:
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    So, if she didn’t get resuscitated, her family would be suing the hospital for not resuscitating her. Either way they’d be looking for a windfall.

  • November 19, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    KeshaW says:
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    This article does not mention if she had a signed DNR on file. If she did, then they should not have resuscitated her. If she did not, then there is no negligence on the part of the hospital. I would think….

    • November 19, 2018 at 3:35 pm
      Augustine says:
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      This article is missing some important details regarding this suit. This insured did have a properly signed DNR order filled out which the hospital was in possession of at the time of resuscitation. Additionally, the hospital also gave her dilaudid which she expressly warned the hospital she was allergic to. The overdose from dilauded, which caused her to go into cardiac arrest, also gave her long term health issues and exacerbated her already spiraling medical debt. This particular lawsuit is not as frivolous as it sounds as there plainly was gross negligence on the part of the physician and hospital.

      • November 19, 2018 at 4:22 pm
        Rosenblatt says:
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        This is the kind of detail I wish the AP published with this story so we don’t have to go searching out the proper context. Thank you, Augustine.

      • November 27, 2018 at 9:23 am
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        So if she did not go into cardiac arrest from the dilaudid, and “only” experienced a negative reaction, she would have sued the hospital for that as well. She didn’t want the medication that she is allergic to, but, given that she got it, she would rather have died? This is a no win situation for all parties involved.

  • November 20, 2018 at 11:44 am
    PJ says:
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    Oh brother. Now I have heard it all. If she died then the hospital would still be sued. No win situation for a mistake. Yes, a horrible mistake, but unintentIal. I don’t think the Dr would take the time to read a record – checking for a DNR, while someone is dying…….. geez………..

    • November 21, 2018 at 7:46 am
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      I worked as an orderly in a hospital 30+ years ago while in college. Don’t know how it is now, but even as an orderly back then I knew exactly which patients had DNRs. It was clearly marked in the nurses station and by little signs in the patent’s room. No excuse for a doctor not knowing about the order.

  • November 21, 2018 at 3:33 pm
    craig cornell says:
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    The logical conclusion to America’s lawsuit madness: Who can top going to the hospital to get help and then suing the hospital for failing to let you die?

  • November 26, 2018 at 2:09 pm
    Stush says:
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    I suppose the doctors were aware of the DNR order but were in a bind because it was their fault she was in cardiac arrest. I don’t know I would do anything different. the question is whether this will have any legs in the courts.



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