The following blog entry is written from a defendant’s position as trial approaches. Reviewing this kind of briefing should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties present such issues to the court.
(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this medical malpractice/personal injury case and its proceedings.)
On June 28, 2006, Dr. Stuart placed a central venous catheter and an arterial catheter in Plaintiffs right groin due to hypotension. A bedside exploratory laparatomy was performed in the ICU by Dr. Green, with the assistance of Dr. Smith. During the procedure a major hemoperitoneum with fresh and active clot, as well as generalized oozing, was observed. Plaintiff was actively bleeding so he was transported to the operating room for another exploratory laparatomy by Green, with the assistance of Dr. Smith and Dr. Lee. A posterior laceration of the bifurcation of the abdominal aorta and an anterior wall laceration directly beneath the first wound of the first common iliac vein were four d. Both lacerations were repaired with sutures. The abdomen was again left open after this procedure.
On June 30, 2006, plaintiff underwent another exploratory laparotomy and washout at the hands of Dr. Green. There was no evidence of infectious collections or intra-loo abscesses and all bowel and viscera were completely viable. On July 3,2006, Dr. Green closed plaintiff’s abdomen. Thereafter plaintiff’s recovery was pretty uneventful until the time of his discharge on July 21,2006.
He was tolerating a regular diet and seen by physical therapy who cleared him for ambulation. He was also seen at the Lymphedema Clinic for pers stent swelling in the left lower extremity, which had improved remarkably with the application of compression stockings. He was advised to follow up with Dr. Stuart and with the Lymphedema clinic as an outpatient. (See Part 4 of 8.)
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