November 22, 2016, PNLR E-Newsletter | The American Association For Justice

November 22, 2016, PNLR E-Newsletter

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Negligent removal of PICC line

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The patient suffered an air embolism and stroke shortly after a hospital nurse removed her PICC line. The patient and her husband sued the hospital, alleging liability for its nurse’s negligence. Among other things, suit alleged that the nurse should have removed the line while the patient was lying down in a sterile environment and applied pressure to the insertion site. The jury awarded about $3.85 million. Herrett v. St. Luke’s Magic Valley Med. Ctr.
 

Joyce Herrett, 64, was hospitalized for treatment of sepsis. Before Herrett’s discharge, a nurse removed her PICC line, a procedure that was performed while Herrett was sitting in a chair. Shortly after, she suffered an air embolism and a stroke, resulting in severe brain damage. She now requires 24-hour care.

Herrett and her husband sued the hospital, alleging liability for its nurse’s negligence. Among other things, suit alleged that the nurse should have removed the line while Herrett was lying down in a sterile environment and applied pressure to the insertion site. The plaintiffs did not claim lost income.

The jury awarded about $3.85 million, including $350,000 to Herrett’s husband for loss of consortium. The hospital has appealed.

Citation: Herrett v. St. Luke’s Magic Valley Med. Ctr., No. CV15-573 (Idaho Dist. Ct. Twin Falls Cnty. June 27, 2016).

Plaintiff counsel: AAJ members Jarom Whitehead and Kenneth Pedersen, both of Twin Falls, Idaho.