I can’t imagine not recognizing an esophageal intubation for 15 minutes. The crazy thing is it actually happens, albeit very rarely. That is gross malpractice if done by a physician or CRNA.I ask because a friend of ours just suffered a brain injury due to an obvious medical error. They intubated her and the tube went into the esophagus unrecognized for 15 minutes. They consulted a lawyer but haven’t gotten an answer to this, since she will be in long term care on Medicaid for the rest of her life, if Medicaid would take the entirety of any settlement.
The hospital has offered the limit of their malpractice insurance, I think it was 3.5 million. I might be wrong on that one.
With respect to the case listed, no way anyone has that much insurance. Most have a few million of coverage. Some docs refuse to get too much insurance because it puts a target on your back.
Vacuums are used all the time. They help prevent c sections. OB docs try to avoid c sections if possible. Having babies is risky business to the mom and to the baby. Bad things like this happen sometimes. There may have been malpractice here but it also could have been a series of unfortunate events that happened despite the doctor doing what she thought was best for the mother and baby. I would absolutely despise being an obstetrician. Their work schedule sucks and things like this suck even more.