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September/October 2013, Volume 28, No. 5

Negligent intubation 

Turner v. Ohio St. U. Med. Ctr., No. C2011-08555 (Ohio, St. of Ohio Ct. Cl. Feb. 6, 2013).

Pamela Turner, 59, was scheduled for gynecological surgery at the Ohio State Medical Center. Before the procedure, Turner informed her treating providers that she had a history of difficult intubation and required special precautions.

Turner’s attending anesthesiologists made five unsuccessful attempts to intubate her. Turner developed a spasm and later went into respiratory arrest. She now has a paralyzed vocal cord and suffers shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and panic attacks.

Turner sued the hospital, alleging its anesthesia team failed to use fiberoptic intubation in light of her history. Suit did not claim lost income.

The defense admitted liability.

The parties settled for $550,000.

Plaintiff counsel: AAJ member Michael J. Rourke, Columbus, Ohio.

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