Elkpark, in order to determine hospital liability, all other factors have to be determined nonessential to this patient's death. I am not excusing the (alleged)poor care administered by this hosptial. I am simplying saying that that other factors may have contributed to Mr. Wood's untimely death.
Mr. Woods died 86 minutes after having the EKG. The question presented in this case is, could cardiac monitoring have saved this man's life. Anyway we look at it, this is a hypothetical case. Had Mr. Woods been placed on a monitor, had he received better nursing care (one-on-one), had the steps for PTCA been initiated upon the EKG results, would the outcome have been different? This was a very sick man. His disease was chronic and even if he was receiving the best medical care, the probability that he would have died that day is very high.
Mr Woods came to the ER with a sore throat and up to a point he was refusing medical care. He was apparently unaware of how ill he was. Certainly a jury will consider how Mr. Woods own actions may have contributed to his death.