Respiratory Therapist Failure to Seek Help for Opioid-Induced Apnea

Mark Clore prosecuted successfully another patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump opioid-death case, where the evidence of respiratory depression was first seen by a respiratory therapist instead of nursing staff. In this case, it was alleged that the hospital’s respiratory therapy department was contacted for a patient’s breathing difficulty while he was receiving periodic PCA opioid doses (when pressing the PCA button), but that the patient was still awake and talking. It was also alleged that when a respiratory therapist came by thereafter to give the patient a breathing treatment, the patient was unresponsive and/or had periods of apnea (not breathing) but, even though the respiratory therapist recorded this, he did not seek emergency assistance. The patient died, and Mark Clore successfully obtained a confidential settlement for the family on the basis of delayed and improper care.

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