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 area, such as Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Methodist, or Sutter.
(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.)
On October 15, 2000, the plaintiff, a female infant, was born to a 19-year-old woman at a Sacramento hospital. Two days earlier, the mother was admitted to induced labor. She was experiencing a complicated third trimester due to maternal hypertension. An OB-GYN doctor prescribed the patient up to 25 milliunits of Pitocin an hour, and contractions began three hours later.
On October 14, the patient’s Pitocin dosage was increased to 28 miliunits a minute. At 3 p.m., uterine contractions were occurring every 90 seconds, and the patient’s blood pressure was borderline hypertensive. She developed a maternal fever. At 7 p.m., a nurse trainee assumed nursing care of the patient. In the nursing flow sheet, the trainee charted uterine contractions every 90 seconds over the next few hours. She also charted a decrease in long-term and short-term variability. The trainee called the OB-GYN twice, but never reported the patient’s uterine hyperstimulation or decreased long-term or short-term variability.
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