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Patient Falls Off Surgical Table, Hospital Sued

Fri, 07/23/2010 - 7:22am

The straps holding a 300-lb., 61-year-old man to a surgical table failed in an OR at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, MN. The man hit his head on the floor and eventually died.

July 23, 2010

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune recently reported that Max DeVries,61, a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, MN, was sedated while waiting for his routine surgery when he rolled of the operating table and hit his head on the floor. He hit his head where doctors had previously removed part of his skull because of brain swelling after a stroke.

According to the article, DeVries had suffered a stroke on Feb. 7 and was scheduled for a routine surgery on March 8 to have surgeons replace a lumbar drain. It was while waiting for this surgery that he fell from the table. He later suffered a massive stroke and died on April 13.

The family filed a lawsuit Thursday in Ramsey County Districk Court, saying St. Joseph's Hospital of St. Paul didn't use proper procedures and equipment to safeguard DeVries, who was 5' 5"and weighed about 300 pounds. The family's attorney says the table's three Velcro straps couldn't hold DeVries, the article reports.

Click here for the full article by the Star Tribune

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