A patient in Louisiana filed a lawsuit for being left on a bedpan too long. The patient arrived to the Emergency Room with a chief complaint of severe headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. At some point during his ER stay, the patient was given an enema, placed on a bedpan and then given medication that made him fall asleep. Apparently he stayed on the bedpan for over 4 hours, subsequently developed swelling and pain of both lower extremities and was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis of both lower extremities.
I am interested in finding more details about this case and also interested in following the arguments and ruling. My biggest question, how would the doctor know that the patient has been stuck on the bedpan if he didn't place it there himself?
Barnett K. Man sues hospital that allegedly left him on bedpan for over four hours. The Louisiana Record. February 12, 2013. http://louisianarecord.com/news/249019-man-sues-hospital-who-allegedly-left-him-on-bedpan-for-over-four-hours