Deceased Woman’s Family Argues San Jose Hospital Provided Negligent Treatment, Part 2 of 2

It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the San Jose area, such as Kaiser Permanente, Regional Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, or O’Connor Hospital.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)

Lemons performed the cardioversion on April 17, 2007. Two days later, Garvey was seen by her primary care physician with a blood pressure of 202/64, nosebleeds and high blood sugar. The primary care physician decreased the dosage of her antihypertension medication.

On April 20, 2007, Garvey was admitted to a hospital in San Jose as she had become unresponsive due to a stroke. A CT scan of the brain performed on the same day showed no hemorrhage.

A CT Scan taken April 21 indicated a stroke involving the basal ganglia, internal capsule and right mid-brain. Garvey was a “do not resuscitate” patient and life support was discontinued that day.

Garvey’s widower and children sued Lemons, alleging that a cardioversion must not be performed unless a patient is adequately anti-coagulated pursuant to American College of Cardiology Guidelines, both before and after cardioversion, and that Lemons’s decision to proceed with cardioversion with the patient unprotected, given the inadequate anticoagulation, was below the standard of accepted care. The plaintiffs contended that Garvey sustained a cardioembolic stroke three days after her cardioversion which resulted in her death.

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Defense counsel argued that Garvey had refused Coumadin in the past, even though she complained of significant symptoms and had been advised that her stroke risk was between 8 and 18 percent per year associated with chronic atrial fibrillation.

Lemons testified that, though it was not documented, Garvey would agree to take Coumadin for 30 days only. He further testified that although Garvey’s international normalized ratio (INR), a standard of blood coagulation time, was non-therapeutic at 1.1 on the date of the cardioversion, the patient was so advised and she agreed to proceed with the cardioversion.

Defense counsel contended that Garvey sustained a stroke of the posterior cerebral artery distribution as a result of an artery-to-artery thromboembolism similar to the stroke which had occurred in 2000.

Defense counsel did not contend the losses incurred by the plaintiffs.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

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