Hospital, but Not Urologist, Negligent in Case of Retained Guidewire; $100K Verdict

January 20, 2021 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​In a case in which a guidewire was retained after a urologist removed the patient's kidney stones, an Alabama jury has found the hospital, but not the urologist, negligent, reports an article in the October 2020 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts. The jury awarded the patient a $100,000 verdict against the hospital.

The patient saw the urologist for back and flank pain, and the urologist diagnosed the patient with kidney stones. Two days later, the urologist removed the kidney stones surgically. During the procedure, a guidewire was inserted into the kidney and a stent was placed. At the end of the procedure, the guidewire was removed. After surgery, the patient...

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