A patient came to the emergency room of a hospital complaining of wheezing and non-productive cough. The patient was examined and given an EKG, which revealed atrial fibrillation. Lab tests were ordered. When the lab results revealed the patient was suffering from a myocardial infarction (MI), the patient was admitted to the cardiac care unit, where he died eight hours later of an acute MI. The patient’s daughter and administratrix sued the ER physician for wrongful death, alleging, among other things, the ER doctor’s failure to immediately obtain a cardiac consult after the EKG and to administer nitroglycerine to the patient caused the death.
This action was brought by the personal administrator of a former resident's estate against a nursing home under the Nursing Home Care Act. On the day the resident was admitted for respite care to the nursing home he fell in his room, fracturing his hip. The resident was to receive respite care during the personal administrator’s vacation.
An obstetrician is not a “similar health care provider” to a midwife for the purpose of providing an opinion letter supporting a malpractice complaint against certified nurse midwives. The plaintiff’s complaint alleged negligent failure to diagnose and to treat a fourth degree tear of the plaintiff's vaginal tissue, perineal skin and anal sphincter at the time of delivery and during postpartum checkups resulting in severe and permanent injuries.