Woman Recovering From Knee Replacement Surgery Allowed To Stand. Was Numb. Bones Allegedly Cracked. She Fell.
SECOND MALPRACTICE SUIT IN JUST DAYS.
BY: LITIGATION DESK | BocaNewsNow.com
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Delray Medical Center is facing its second medical malpractice suit in just days. This time, the hospital, owned by Tenet Healthcare Systems (NYSE:THC) is accused of letting a woman still under the effects of anesthesia stand. The woman fell and was allegedly critically injured.
According to the suit, Karen Bloom underwent a total right knee replacement at Delray Medical Center by Dr. David Buchalter. Dr. Buchalter, according to the suit, did nothing wrong — he specifically wrote that Ms. Bloom could attempt ambulation “once evaluated by (Delray Medical Center’s) physical therapy team.”
But while still feeling numb due to anesthesia, Ms. Bloom asked to use the bathroom. The post-operative team allegedly never called the physical therapy team to evaluate Ms. Bloom before telling her she could walk to the bathroom. From the lawsuit: “Prior to being evaluated by physical therapy, Karen Bloom was reported “ambulating with a nurse believed to be Aliza Lee Gejon, R.N. It is reported that her foot twisted and she ‘heard a crack in her bone,’ that ‘her foot rolled,’ and that she ‘hyperextended her knee and felt a crack. She fell to the ground … and felt three cracks.”
The reports of the “fall” in Delray Medical Center’s records are “not consistent,” wrote attorneys for Ms. Bloom, “but what is clear in the records is that Delray Medical Center’s nurses attempted ambulation with Karen Bloom without her having been evaluated by physical therapy at a time when the anesthesia in her system from the knee replacement surgery had yet to dissipate.”
Asa result of the fall, Ms. Bloom suffered a comminuted, displaced distal femoral shaft fracture with extension to the femoral component of the prosthesis and into the posterior cortex of the lateral femoral condyle.”
Read the complete suit, below. Delray Medical Center had not filed a response as of 8 a.m. Friday morning, April 15th. Ms. Bloom seeks in excess of the $30,000 statutory minimum. She is represented by Attorney Kenneth Bush of Coral Gables.
BocaNewsNow.com reported on Thursday that Delray Medical Center was being sued by the estate of a woman whose skin was allegedly allowed to deteriorate. She died.
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