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Hospital Faces Lawsuit for Failing to Honor DNR Print E-mail
Written by KevinMD   
Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:35
 
A New Mexico woman, suffering from Dercum's disease (adiposis dolorosa) which causes painful fatty tumors, is suing a Santa Fe hospital and an emergency physician claiming she was the victim of two negligent acts in 2016. One, according to the Albuquerque Journal, she told hospital personnel she was allergic to Dilaudid but went into cardiac arrest after receiving an injection of the drug. Two, despite the presence of a lawfully executed "do not resuscitate" (DNR) advance directive, she was successfully resuscitated and now faces continued pain and medical bills. The staff had been aware of her DNR order and had even issued her a purple bracelet labeled "DNR." However since the cardiac arrest was allegedly caused by an allergic reaction to Dilaudid, the staff may have felt her problem was not related to her illness and would likely result in a successful resuscitation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:38
 


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