Quick Action by Nurse was Good Patient Care
The plaintiff was hospitalized with an intractable nosebleed, treated with balloons and packing and DDAVP, a short acting coagulant. He suffered a myocardial infarction in the hospital, which he claimed was made worse because he laid on the floor in his room for two hours, before he was found by a nurse. The nurse, however, recalled the patient and testified that she responded immediately. The jury found the nurse’s testimony credible and returned a verdict in the hospital’s favor. The co-defendant doctor, represented by others, was also found not negligent in connection with his use of DDAVP. The case was tried by James M. Furey, Jr.