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Fatal error: Two Zurich-based Doctors before the court

The Doctors, both Swiss, had. at the beginning of November 2012, the task to correct in a patient with a deformity of the stomach This had shifted into the chest cavity. The Operation was carried out, and the man to the intensive care unit.

a few hours later, the surgeon noted that the Patient had lung problems. The Morning after the surgery, the intensive care physician said the surgeon finally, that the stomach was put back in the wrong position.

According to the indictment, looked at the surgeon, but neither the x-ray image of he detention centers for a second, corrective Operation. He had only been in agreement that the intensive care doctors put a nasogastric tube.

esophagus perforated

This came according to the charge sheet to a Perforation of the esophagus, leading to infection and ultimately to a severe blood poisoning. On the second day after the Operation, the lung was advanced failure. The Patient had to artificial respiration, and, because this was not enough, later, to a heart-lung machine to be connected.

All was of no avail. A week after the Operation the Patient was laid in a dilapidated condition to the University hospital of Zurich. There, the specialists found a large bleed in the brain, the led on the same day of the death of the husband.

According to the Prosecutor's office of the death of the patient is due to the failure of a signicant effect on the blood poisoning and the associated lung. In Addition, the Sepsis had led to a failure of the blood coagulation system. Moreover, because of the heart-lung machine, a Blood thinner was necessary, was finally "with high probability" the brain hemorrhage.

note ignored

The surgeon, the indictment alleges, he had ignored the note on the re-malposition of the stomach simply. He would have made immediately a second Operation, or a computer tomography, he would have detected the misalignment.

The intensive care physician, in turn, was according to the indictment, "because of his Position and of his responsibilities as an intensive care specialist" have been obliged, a computer tomography, "also, contrary to the Statements" of the surgeon.

The state attorney applied for for both Doctors a conviction for negligent homicide. For this, they should receive conditional fines. The surgeon 300 daily rates of 1200 francs, the intensivist 300 daily rates of 600 francs. The applications of the defence will be announced on process on the next Friday. (sda/pu)

Created: 04.01.2019, 10:50 PM

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