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ARTICLE ID 191488

$________ Medical Malpractice – Anesthesiology – Ophthalmology – Sedated decedent being prepped for cataract surgery is left unattended and goes into respiratory failure – Decedent suffers anoxic brain injury and died several days later – Wrongful death of 68-year-old female.

Allegheny County, PA

The decedent was to undergo surgery to remove a cataract from her right eye at the defendant’s medical facility. After being given intravenous medication to sedate her, the decedent’s respirations slowed dramatically. The defendant’s failed to monitor the decedent’s vitals following the administration of the sedation drugs and failed to note the decedent’s slowed respirations which eventually resulted in respiratory and cardiac distress. The decedent was found unresponsive by the medical staff and despite heroic resuscitative efforts over the next few days at a local hospital, the decedent died on June 21, ________. The defendants all denied being negligent.

On June 15, ________, the 68-year-old decedent was about to undergo cataract surgery at the defendant surgical center. The defendant anesthesiologist administered medication in order to sedate the decedent prior to undergoing outpatient cataract surgery. After the medications were administered, the decedent was inexplicably left alone and the defendants failed to appreciate that the decedent’s respirations had slowed to the point where she stopped breathing. The defendant’s discovered the decedent unresponsive 23 minutes after she was given the sedation medication.

Despite exhaustive resuscitative measures, the plaintiff suffered an overwhelming and irreversible anoxic brain injury and died several days later. The estate alleged that the defendants were negligent in failing to continuously monitor the decedent’s respiration and pulse rate, failing to continuously monitor the decedent’s cardiac function, failing to provide continuous attendant care and negligently leaving the decedent alone, unattended and unmonitored following the administration of powerful sedation medications. All of the defendants denied being negligent and each defendant asserted that it was the responsibility of the other to monitor the decedent.The defendant anesthesiologist and the defendant surgery center settled with the decedent’s estate out of court. The defendant ophthalmologist and his group settled with the decedent’s estate for $________. The total settlement the estate will receive is $________.

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