Hospital Allegedly Altered Paperwork, Provided False Testimony in Medical Negligence Case | Law Firm Newswire

Hospital Allegedly Altered Paperwork, Provided False Testimony in Medical Negligence Case

Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2016 - A patient in hospital for a colonoscopy went into cardiac arrest after his oxygen levels dropped to dangerous levels. Although revived, he remained in the hospital until his death three months later.

A court found that the hospital in question had made changes to the patient records, took too long to offer the medical records when they were requested and lied under oath by offering false testimony.

The patient went into the hospital on October 1, 2010 for what should have been a routine colonoscopy. The 49-year-old man was under anesthesia when his blood oxygen levels dropped precipitously, triggering a heart attack. He was revived and kept under medical care until his death three months later in January 2011.

According to the family attorney, there were several discrepancies when the deceased’s medical records were obtained. Among them were, the missing eight minutes of blood oxygen data and a missing record of the patient experiencing a heart attack — a document that must be filed in a patient’s record. In addition, it took 29 months for the family’s medical negligence lawyer to get the necessary documents to begin building a case.

The hospital stated that a nurse did not transfer the records properly because she did not know how. She attempted to determine how to transfer documents by calling and texting a co-worker. Despite the nurse testifying she used original records to write the anesthesia information and then having lost the original, the court found the report was wrongfully withheld.

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