The patient, a 65 year old woman, was admitted to the hospital for treatment of a burn to the foot with cellulitis. She had a history of congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease with previous myocardial infarction. Plaintiff alleged that she was given overly aggressive rehydration leading to pulmonary edema which precipitated a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction.The patient had rising BUN and Creatinine indicative of pre-renal azotemia, which was the basis for the doctor’s fluid management and suspension of Lasix. The patient’s condition did not suggest pulmonary edema prior to the MI.
Defense verdict in LaPorte County, Indiana in favor of an internal medicine specialist from Valparaiso, Indiana. The jury returned a defense verdict after 45 minutes of deliberation.