Suit Alleges Hospital Nurses Negligent In Girl's Death

  1. FAYETTEVILLE -- Testimony began Tuesday in a lawsuit alleging nurses at Washington Regional Medical Center didn't do enough to keep doctors informed of the condition of a teenager who died there in 2001.

    The hospital contends Kasey Kordt, who was 14, died of a rare and unusual condition involving twisted intestines that could only have been treated with immediate surgery, the hospital contends. By the time doctors performed surgery, irreversible damage had been done and they were unable to save Kordt's life.

    None of the doctors who treated Kordt were sued.

    Lawyers for the Kordt's family said Tuesday the case is about the failure of hospital staff to practice appropriate "time and diligence." They contend a tube to relieve pressure on the girl's abdomen was not placed when it should have been and was then improperly installed. They say nurses did not tell doctors the tube was not properly in place and did not tell doctors that the girl's condition was rapidly deteriorating overnight.

    Full Story: http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/20.../03fzkordt.txt
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    The doctors determined she didn't need surgery? And yet the nurses are to blame? It sounds to me like the doctor is passing the blame along to the nurses here. And if it was "rare" then how were the nurses supposed to realize it? And did they know that the tube was improperly placed?
  4. by   Tweety
    The tube wouldn't have made a difference to the ischemic area. If however, he condition changed overnight, in any fashion, and they didn't call the MD,, then they have a case against the nurses.

    Interesting the MDs aren't being sued.
  5. by   CrunchRN
    I will be very interested to hear the outcome of this case. They have sued the nurses and hospital and not the doctor and that seems very unusual.
  6. by   papawjohn
    Hey Y'all

    Yeah, the question is going to be DOCUMENTATION and NOTIFICATION for those nurses. We all know an NG Tube isn't going to keep an ischemic bowel from becoming lethal. We also all know that if the NG Tube isn't taking care of the symptoms, and your Pt is getting worse--IT'S A SURGICAL BELLY.

    They need to call in the OR!!!

    And wow---did anybody notice---3 bedrooms, 1 and 1/2 baths, $126,000.

    Papaw John
  7. by   Jolie
    Quote from CrunchRN
    I will be very interested to hear the outcome of this case. They have sued the nurses and hospital and not the doctor and that seems very unusual.

    I guess this is a good example of why nursing liability insurance is so important. How often do we hear that "No one will sue a nurse, because s/he has no assets to speak of. Patients only sue doctors and hospitals because that's where the money is."

    My best wishes to these nurses as they defend themselves.
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  9. by   bergren
    Article with more of the details:
    http://nwanews.com/story.php?paper=n...&storyid=34032
  10. by   JentheRN05
    One thing I have to say, Nurses are not allowed to diagnose. So if the doctors didn't know what was wrong, how could the nurses be at fault?

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