Nursing Failure to Detect & Treat Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression

Mark Clore successfully represented the family of a patient who died in a hospital while receiving IV Morphine given through a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump. The alleged failure in this case was of the nursing staff to have timely recognized signs that the man was becoming oversedated and was slowly losing his ability to breathe as a result. This situation is all too common since opioids, like Morphine, act on the deep brain centers that control breathing; so, a common side effect of too much Morphine is the body’s inability to regulate and maintain breathing. In this case, not only was there evidence of respiratory depression, but the nursing staff failed to give Narcan, the opioid antidote (reversal drug) when it happened, despite a doctor’s standing order to do so. Mark Clore was able to achieve a confidential settlement on the family’s behalf.

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