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Hospital patient with pneumonia suffers cardiac arrest SOUTHWEST Expert Case

Hospital patient with pneumonia suffers cardiac arrest

This case takes place in Oklahoma and involves a patient who was admitted to the hospital after developing pneumonia. A laboratory test indicated the patient had a low blood-sodium level. A three percent intravenous saline solution was ordered for the pati …

Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer in patient with history of benign mass SOUTHWEST Expert Case

This case takes place in Arizona and involves a forty-three-year-old female patient who originally presented to her primary care physician in 2005 with complaints of a newly discovered breast lump that was associated with pain in the area of the breast. He …

Dentist fails to prescribe antibiotics which leads to dental abscess SOUTHWEST Expert Case

This dental care case takes place in New Mexico and involves a thirty-eight-year-old female patient with no significant past medical history. The patient began complaining of gum swelling, tenderness and pain on chewing. She presented to her dentist who di …

Hospital causes leg injury to patient after bone graft surgery SOUTHWEST Expert Case

This case takes place in Arizona and involves a patient with a full leg cast who was being discharged from a hospital following bone graft surgery. The patient was being transported by wheelchair to another institution for long-term care. The patient was t …

Misdiagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis by Emergency Medicine Physician SOUTHWEST Expert Case

This case involves a sixty-one-year-old male who entered an emergency room complaining of leg cramps and swelling in his upper thigh. He has been highly active throughout his life, playing basketball and tennis on a weekly basis. His medical history provid …

Stroke Missed by Primary Care Physician After Automotive Accident SOUTHWEST Expert Case

This case involves a fifty-three-year-old obese male traffic police officer with a history of hypertension. While walking adjacent to the road, the officer was struck from behind by a motor vehicle traveling at ten to twelve miles/hour. He was seen by pa …

Surgical Nurse Leaves Catheter Behind in Patient’s Pelvis SOUTHWEST Expert Case

Surgical Nurse Leaves Catheter Behind in Patient’s Pelvis

This OR operations case involves a pregnant patient who had an intrauterine pressure catheter (IUPC) put into her uterus to monitor the strength and frequency of her labor contractions. The patient later had a non-emergency C-section to deliver her child. …

Stroke Patient Dies After Hospital Fails to Administer T-PA SOUTHWEST Expert Case

Stroke Patient Dies After Hospital Fails to Administer T-PA

This case involves a fifty-year-old female patient with an unremarkable past medical history. The patient awoke one morning with difficulty speaking, left-sided face drop and left-sided weakness. She was rushed to the hospital by her husband. On admission, …

Cardiothoracic Surgery Expert Witness Opines on Fatal Aortic Valve Replacement SOUTHWEST Expert Case

This case involves a seventy-seven-year-old female patient with severe aortic stenosis. The patient presented to her primary care physician with a 6 month history of worsening shortness of breath and was referred to a cardiologist. The cardiologist perform …