The scenario involved a patient 67 years old man who had a total right knee replacement at the hospital. His family is the plaintiffs in the case as he passed away after surgery. The defendant in the case is a now-former surgical nurse that worked at the medical-surgical nursing care until. She was reassigned to this position from post-acute critical care. When the patient arrived at the care until the nurse assessed him and considered him to be stable.
Hours later, the man suffered from nausea and vomiting making him to not being able to tolerate the required respiratory therapy. The patient was checked and found to be cyanotic and unresponsive by the licensed practical nurse (LPN). A code was called and the patient was intubated and patiently passed away.