John Marshall Hospital Case Study

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I. Statement Of Facts Mr. Smith was admitted into the ICU of John Marshall Hospital on July 2, 2009. He was admitted because of respiratory problems. While in the ICU, Mr. Smith developed symptoms completely unrelated to his respiratory problems. Suddenly, Mr. Smith was experiencing cognitive impairment known as psychosis. Due to emergency and presenting unordinary circumstances, the psychiatric nurse, Ms. Veering contacted Dr. Krauskopf, the psychiatrist at John Marshall Hospital. Dr. Krauskopf placed Mr. Smith on medication in order to calm him down and transferred him out of the ICU. Mr. Smith was placed on one-to-one nursing. At four a.m. on July 5, 2009, Mr. Smith was found in the bathroom hung by another patient. I. Issue Dr.…show more content…
“If a surgeon retains supervision or control over other persons participating in an operation, he should be required to exercise that control with reasonable care.” In the Forsberg case the Plaintiff was Margaret Forsberg. The defendants were Edward Hospital and Health Services and Doctor David Piazzi M.D.. Plaintiff alleged a breach of the standard of care because a sponge was left inside of her following surgery. The plaintiff accepted a settlement, and the trial court awarded defendants summary judgment. The plaintiff appealed. The issue on appeal was whether the defendant was negligent and breached the standard of care. The plaintiff alleged that leaving a sponge inside of her body following surgery was a breach of the standard of care, and failed to properly monitor and perform a proper operation, which resulted it to heal wrong. Plaintiff also held that the doctor should also be held liable because the nurse was under his control and supervision. The defendant alleged that the circulating nurse was responsible for the sponge count, and was not liable because the nurse did not count the sponges under his direct…show more content…
Krauskopf should file for an appeal because he was not in control or supervising the nurse on duty while Mr. Smith committed suicide. Second Issue I. Should John Marshall Hospital file for an appeal? II. Yes, the should because they did not proximately cause Mr. Smith’s death. III. “To state a cause of action one must establish the defendant owed a duty of care, that defendant breaached the duty, and it proximately caused the death.” In the Espinoza case, the crew’s actions caused the Plaintiff’s death. The issue on appeal was whether their act was the proximate cause of the death. The trial court found that it was not, and granted the defendant summary judgment. In this case, John Marhshall was not the proximate cause of the death because Mr. Smith was experiencing psychosis symptoms prior to his death. The other sypmtoms he experienced were only reported to his roomate and not the nurse, therefore the nurse had no idea he was experiencing such issues. Hence, the nurse or the hospital was not the proximate cause of his suicide and may have resulted from several other factors. IV. Conclusion Because the hospital or the nurse’s actions were not the proximate cause of Mr. Smith’s death, they should file for
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