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Heat Stroke Kills Teen Allegedly Denied Medical Care at Jefferson County Hospital

Published on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm in Medical Malpractice.

A teen has died of heat stroke at a Jefferson County hospital after allegedly being denied medical care, according to a report by The Courier-Journal. The young man had been working outside doing landscaping work in the extreme heat that has been oppressing the Louisville area recently. According to the boy’s step-father, who was working with him, the boy complained of being hot and appeared disoriented. He was taken to an Immediate Care Center. The step-father says a worker from the Center came out with a wheelchair but told him that there was nothing they could do for the boy and that he needed to go to a hospital emergency room. The step-father then called 911 and although emergency workers arrived quickly and transported the boy to a nearby hospital, he died an hour after arriving. His body temperature was measured at 110 degrees, causing muscles and cells to die and the brain and organs to become damaged.

The staff at the Immediate Care Center offers a different version of the story. They claim that the step-father came into the center and described symptoms of heat-related illness in his step-son. They then informed the step-father that they were unable to administer intravenous fluids and that the patient should go to the hospital. According to them, the step-father did not adequately convey the urgency of the situation.

Kentucky Senate Bill 72 Calls for Hospital-Acquired Infections State Reports

Published on Jan 31, 2011 at 8:59 am in Medical Malpractice.

Is it possible that almost one in 20 patients acquire an infection while staying at a hospital? While this may seem shocking, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently made this estimation about hospital-acquired infections.

Most Kentuckians are probably aware of Senate Bill 72, which would make it a requirement for Kentucky hospitals to report all infections as well as put infection prevention programs into practice for areas such as surgical and intensive care units. The legislature is expected to reconvene on February 1.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Finds Louisville Doctor in Contempt for Lying Under Oath

Published on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:55 am in Medical Malpractice.

According to The Courier-Journal, a Jefferson Circuit Court judge has found a Louisville doctor to be in contempt for lying under oath during a deposition. Apparently, a man is in the preliminary stages of suing the doctor for medical malpractice for a November 2009 eye surgery that allegedly caused damages. The doctor reportedly lied about secretly sending two newspaper articles about the risks of pursuing trivial malpractice lawsuits to the man.

Although the assistant executive director of the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure stated that they are investigating the doctor’s actions in court, as of now, he is in “good standing” as an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon. The doctor has been fined $7,500 and ordered to pay for the man’s legal bills in relation to the contempt litigation. While the medical malpractice case is pending, the judge said that the doctor’s false testimony may be revealed at trial. The judge also referred to the doctor’s actions as “reprehensible” and considers him to have abused the trust of the public because of sending a letter of “implied countersuit” to his former patient, then lying about it repeatedly under oath during the deposition.