It’s gospel in health care– if you have chest pains, get to the emergency room, especially if you have a history of heart problems. But an inexperienced ER doctor in New York thought his patient’s complaints weren’t serious, and sent him home with muscle relaxers. The result was deadly.
Jury awards $3.4 million to deceased man
Symptoms and medical history all pointed toward aortic aneurysm
Doctor didn’t know how to use electronic medical records
They Just Blew It
A Rockland County jury Wednesday awarded $3.4 million to the family of Michael McKenzie, who was discharged from the Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern in 2007 after complaining of chest pains and other symptoms consistent with a serious heart problem. The hospital determined that McKenzie, 49, was not having a heart attack, then ER doctor Michael Kane diagnosed him with a muscle strain and sent him home with muscle relaxers.
Two days later, McKenzie was found dead in his house by his 10-year-old son, killed by an aortic aneurysm.
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