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Elderly Woman Sues Hospital After Falling Off Operating Table

Eighty-one year old Florence Fiedler was admitted into Yale-New Haven Hospital in February of 2010 to have a pacemaker implanted. After the surgery, while she was on the operating table, she fell off of the table and suffered severe injuries, including “fractures of the hip and collarbone, a traumatic head injury that resulted in bleeding and under her skull.” Because of the fall, Fiedler has had to relearn how to walk, cannot driver her car, has trouble climbing the stairs, cannot live in her home and is now essentially a shut in.

Fielder filed a lawsuit against the hospital in Connecticut, alleging the hospital failed to implement procedures and policies that would have prevented Fiedler from falling. The suit also alleges that the medical staff was aware that Fiedler was still affected by the medications she received during surgery, which put her at an increased risk for falling. Additionally, she contends that the medical staff did not place the operating table at “its lowest position before allowing Fielder to reposition herself” and that the medical staff improperly left Fielder unattended.

Yale-New Haven is a teaching hospital that often hosts students from Yale University’s School of Medicine. Yale University is also named in the lawsuit. Neither the school nor the hospital has commented on the lawsuit. Fielder is seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

Woman sues hospital over fall off operating table, May 22, 2012.

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