Virginia: Patient Falls – Lawyer’s Sentara

Virginia: Patient Falls – Lawyer’s Sentara

On April 19, 2016, Motions were heard in the medical malpractice case of Eason v. Sentara Hospitals and Sentara CarePlex Hospital, No. CL12000470 in Circuit Court for the City of Hampton, Virginia.  The Court in Eason denied Sentara’s Defendants’ Motion for Protective Order regarding all materials produced by Sentara Defendants in general and regarding Sentara Defendants’ forms for “Sentara Healthcare System Critical Care RN Core Competency” and for “Sentara Healthcare RN Competency Tool” in particular, though granted regarding third-party personnel file records.

 

In the Eason patient fall case, the Court also ordered Sentara Defendants over their objection to provide Plaintiff any Sentara policies and procedures followed by their eICU (“electronic ICU”) for staffing of personnel, routine or other patient monitoring, and chart entries and other record-keeping policies.  Eason additionally granted Plaintiff a rescheduling of the Final Pre-Trial Conference to a later date; a rescheduling of deadlines for exhibits/witness lists, perpetuation depositions, and deposition designations to an earlier date; and imposition of deadlines for filing Motions in Limine and related memoranda.

 

In Eason, a high fall risk patient of Sentara Defendants whose abdomen had been firmly distended fell en route to the bathroom, ended up on the floor in a pool of her own urine and feces, and suffered a permanent brain injury due to going without oxygen for a protracted period, all while unattended by any nurse – despite supposed telemetry/cardiac/oxygen/vital signs monitoring by PCU.  Plaintiff in Eason seeks $10,350,000.00 in damages from Sentara Defendants.

 

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