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The plain” rel=”nofollow”>intiff. age forty-two. was admitted to the defendant hospital for a hysterectomy. After surgery she developed bleedin” rel=”nofollow”>ing and was taken to the radiology suite for uterin” rel=”nofollow”>ine artery embolization to stop the bleedin” rel=”nofollow”>ing. A catheter was in” rel=”nofollow”>inserted in” rel=”nofollow”>in the plain” rel=”nofollow”>intiffs right femoral artery. then through the right external iliac artery and then over to the left side of the uterus to stop the bleedin” rel=”nofollow”>ing. The procedure was successful.Doctor’s orders were entered for nurses at the hospital to perform frequent leg examin” rel=”nofollow”>inations to detect possible dimin” rel=”nofollow”>inished blood flow and nerve in” rel=”nofollow”>injury. a known complication of the procedure caused by clottin” rel=”nofollow”>ing of the external iliac artery due to arterial wall in” rel=”nofollow”>injury. The plain” rel=”nofollow”>intiff claimed that the leg examin” rel=”nofollow”>inations were not performed. There was no documentation of the exams bein” rel=”nofollow”>ing performed.
The plain” rel=”nofollow”>intiff claimed that she had excruciatin” rel=”nofollow”>ing pain” rel=”nofollow”>in in” rel=”nofollow”>in the right leg all night long and could not move the leg. The next mornin” rel=”nofollow”>ing. approximately twelve hours after the catheterization procedure. a new nurse came on shift and discovered the paralyzed. pulseless leg. Another procedure was done and a massive clot in” rel=”nofollow”>in the external iliac artery was found and removed. Permanent nerve in” rel=”nofollow”>injury to the right leg resulted. however.
The defendant argued that the leg examin” rel=”nofollow”>inations were performed and that the cause of the nerve in” rel=”nofollow”>injury was not the occluded external iliac artery. but the pooled blood from the post-hysterectomy bleedin” rel=”nofollow”>ing.

A $1.55 million verdict was returned. Questions 1. What are the four elements needed to establish that malpractice has occurred? (4 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)
2. In the case provided explain” rel=”nofollow”>in in” rel=”nofollow”>in short answer format if how each element of malpractice was or was not met. (8 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)
3. What could the defendant nurse have done to prevent the event from occurrin” rel=”nofollow”>ing? (8 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

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