This case involves an elderly female patient living in a nursing home who began experiencing symptoms of a heart attack. Although the facility staff was aware of the patient’s symptoms, they waited nearly an hour to call for emergency transport. Once emergency medical services arrived to transport the patient, she was in a very weak and altered state. The patient subsequently died of cardiopulmonary arrest in transport. It was alleged that the defendant nursing home staff waited too long before sending the patient to the hospital.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Do you have extensive experience treating patients that present with heart attack symptoms?
- 2. Are you familiar with the complications and impact of waiting too long to send patient with these symptoms to hospital?
- 3. What are the complications that can arise if patient does not receive timely treatment?
Expert Witness Response E-008148
I am a cardiologist at a tertiary center and have extensive experience taking care of patients with heart attack. I am very familiar with this kind of scenario, and I have written book chapters on this topic. My research also focuses on this topic, and I have published several papers that examine this issue. Waiting too long to administer treatment to a patient exhibiting symptoms of a heart attack can cause the damage to the heart to extend and can get to a point that any intervention would become futile. At that point, the damage is irreversible.
This cardiology expert earned his Ph.D. in molecular physiology as well as his MD from a prestigious research university. This expert completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiology. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, is a member of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the International Society for Heart Research. This expert has authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He currently serves as a professor of medicine and cardiology at a prominent midwestern university and the director of molecular cardiology at a major academic medical center.