Lawsuit Claims Woman Died Soon After Hospital Discharge

Lawsuit Claims Woman Died Soon After Hospital DischargeA Florida widower has accused a local hospital and a physician and physician assistant who work in its emergency department of discharging his wife from the facility in an unstable condition.

Ariel Aguilera claims that when his wife, Antonia, was treated at the Bartow Regional Medical Center on this occasion, hospital staff did not perform adequate testing, according to the Ledger. The level of oxygen saturation in her blood was allegedly low, but staff did not perform the blood gas tests they performed on other occasions, the medical malpractice lawsuit states.

Defendant Amy Simmens, the physician assistant, allegedly gave Antonia a shot of Dilaudid, a pain reliever, and two doses of Zofran, an anti-nausea drug. After the second dose of the drug, Antonia allegedly became unresponsive, and was discharged in this same condition soon after, the suit states. She allegedly died hours later.

Defendant Dr. Houssam Moursi never examined the patient or spoke with her family, it is claimed. 

Ariel Aguilera accuses the medical center, Moursi and Simmens of discharging his wife in an unstable condition and failing to properly diagnose and treat her, the source reports.

Hypoxemia, or low blood oxygen, can be caused by anemia, sleep apnea, pulmonary embolism and congenital heart disease, among others, according to the Mayo Clinic.