While outpatient surgery centers are common in New Jersey and in other states across America, these centers are typically not certified or trained to perform more complex operations. One family is without their loved one following what they say was a serious mistake on the operating table at one of these centers. The victim's family believes the surgery gone wrong could have been avoided had he been seen at a hospital instead.
The victim was a 53-year-old father of eight who required a cervical spine fusion. He reportedly requested that the operation be carried out at the hospital rather than the outpatient center, but his doctors apparently convinced him that the center was a better option, as the hospital may not accept his insurance. It is not clear whether they disclosed their financial interest in the center as part owners at the time.
While undergoing the operation, his blood pressure was misread after one of the staff mistakenly leaned on the cuff. Believing that his blood pressure was dropping, the anesthesiologist administered the improper drug for blood pressure. According to a medical malpractice suit filed by the victim's family, the medication had been improperly stored and proved to be toxic to the man. He was transferred to a hospital, but later died.
The suit also alleges that the doctors at the center violated regulations since they approved such a complex surgery to be performed there. This type of alleged negligence can have devastating effects on New Jersey victims and their families. Surviving family members after a surgery gone wrong are often the ones who seek justice for their loved ones by filing a medical malpractice suit that addresses the related damages, which can be physical, financial and emotional.
Source: ctpost.com, "Suit claims Trumbull doctors killed bus driver", Daniel Tepfer, April 14, 2015