Anesthesiologist Who Began Preanesthesia Evaluation for Tardy Colleague Wins Defense Verdict

August 26, 2020 | Strategic Insights for Health System


After a patient died in surgery, her estate sued the anesthesiologist who began her preanesthesia evaluation when the primary anesthesiologist for the case was running late. A Florida state court has returned a defense verdict in the case, reports an article in the August 2020 issue of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts.

The 45-year-old patient underwent a craniotomy for removal of a skull tumor. On her medical history form, she noted that she had never had a heart attack. The day of surgery, the defendant anesthesiologist started the patient's preanesthesia evaluation because the primary anesthesiologist was running late. The patient's electrocardiogram (ECG) revealed a high lateral myocardial infarction. In addition, laboratory test results showed large amounts of protein...

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