Patient with Sleep Apnea Suffers Respiratory and Cardiac Arrest Following Appendectomy

Settlement Amount: $7,000,000.00
Settlement Date: 7/2004
Attorney: Howard D. Mishkind

Description of Case: Plaintiff, a 45-year-old male, presented to Defendant ABC Hospital for treatment of abdominal pain. During the postoperative period he exhibited signs and symptoms of sleep apnea with abnormalities in his heart rhythm. Despite his clinical course, John Doe was transferred from the PACU to an unmonitored medical floor without an EKG monitor, without pulse oximetry monitoring and without continuous blood pressure monitoring. Less than four hours later he was found in cardiopulmonary arrest. John Doe experienced a cardiorespiratory arrest that has resulted in anoxic encephalopathy. He is described as being in a persistent vegetative state.

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