Failure to Treat a Child’s Small Bowel Obstruction
Jaime D. Jackson, Esquire recently settled a case against an area Hospital involving the death of a young child. The boy had been experiencing stomach discomfort and vomiting. His parents brought him into the community hospital emergency room. Doctors performed a CT scan and transferred the child to another area hospital. The child arrived through the emergency room at this hospital. The CT scans were never read. It was alleged that the physicians failed to timely and properly treat the child’s small bowel obstruction and that the nursing staff and residents failed to properly monitor the child. After being at the hospital for approximately twelve hours, the child went into respiratory distress and cardiac arrest and died a few days later. The cause of death was sepsis brought on by the small bowel obstruction that went untreated.