The death of a 47 year old woman treated at Coney Island Hospital has prompted an investigation into the hospital’s culture and quality of patient care. Since the announcement three top officials have either resigned or retired, including the Executive Director, the Medical Director, and the Chief Nursing Officer.
Timeline of events:
- On January 31st the victim, now deceased, was rushed to Cooney Island Hospital. She was experiencing severe head and ear pain.
- The hospital staff treated the victim for what they believed to be emotional disturbance. She was shackled to her bed.
- The victim went into cardiac arrest a number of times throughout the night.
- On February 1st, less than 24 hours after arriving at the hospital, the victim was pronounced dead.
The State has begun an investigation, which officials claim is not a response to the events of January 31st but instead a planned review intended to outline what, if any, changes should be implemented to foster a better patient experience.
Meanwhile, the patient’s family is publically discussing taking legal action. They suspect the 47 year old victim actually had meningitis. If the victim did in fact have meningitis, or another illness, the hospital could and should be held accountable.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the case the hospital and staff could be facing a medical negligence suit, a medical malpractice suit, a failure to diagnose suit, etc.
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