Early Hospital Discharge Causes Florida Woman’s Death
A Florida woman recently lost her life due to an early hospital discharge. According to local press outlets, the woman was seeking treatment at a Florida hospital for severe abdominal pain.
After being cleared to leave, the woman pleaded for oxygen and begged hospital staff for additional help. Instead of doing their jobs, which would entail caring for the safety and wellbeing of patients, nurses told the ailing woman that she did not need oxygen or additional treatment. Instead, the woman was arrested at the request of the hospital. She was led out of the hospital in handcuffs and collapsed before making it to the police cruiser.
After collapsing, hospital staff took her seriously and rushed the woman back inside for treatment. However, it was too late, and the woman died two hours later from a blood clot that could have been easily detected before causing death.
Early Hospital Discharges Can Kill Patients
Hospitals have a duty to care for patients seeking medical help. The actions of this hospital are inexcusable. Patients should never have to “beg and plead” with hospital staff for adequate treatment. Had hospital staff performed a CT scan, the blood clot could have been detected in time to save this woman’s life.
As it turns out, this woman was a frequent visitor at the hospital, and this was not the first time it called the police. Instead of providing medical services, the hospital treated a dying woman like a common criminal. Unfortunately for the family members of this woman, the hospital’s mistake has permanent consequences. Patient safety should always be a top priority for hospital staff, and there are no good excuses for skipping important medical tests to quickly discharge patients.
Shapiro Law Group is a Tampa Bay medical malpractice firm that helps clients throughout Florida