Man dies after doctor goes out for lunch during surgery

By: Debbie Gross 

A man died on the operating table due to a careless doctor.

The Swedish man died during surgery on the operating table after the anesthesiologist and a nurse went to lunch during the procedure.

The 72-year-old man was scheduled to have a tumor removed at a hospital in Lidkoping, Sweden, and had gone under anesthesia at 10:45 a.m. The head anesthesiologist then left at noon for lunch, followed by the head nurse anesthesiologist fifteen minutes later.

While they were gone, no replacement anesthesiologist took over. Another nurse anesthetist was called, but she was not familiar with the respirator connected to the 72-year-old.

Shortly thereafter, the patient began bleeding, while his blood pressure began to drop. The replacement nurse tried desperately to find the anesthesiologist at 1:00 p.m., when the man's condition became critical.

The doctor and the nurse finally came back from lunch, and found that the man had been off the respirator, depriving the patient of oxygen for eight minutes.

They tried to revive him, but were ultimately unable to do so. Due to the lack of oxygen, the man had suffered severe brain damage. He died several weeks after the episode.

The incident was recently reported to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare by the man's daughter, and the Board has issued a critical report against the hospital.



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