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Joan Rivers's death investigated as hospital negligence

Maryland patients undergo a medical procedure with the hope that doing so will improve their medical condition. Whether an individual is suffering from an ill-fated disease or another condition that can affect their daily lives, health care professionals should always be mindful of patient safety. Safety should be their number one priority, particularly when performing any kind of surgical procedure. That might not have been the case in actress and comedian Joan Rivers's death.

When the news about Joan Rivers' death made headlines, many residents in Georges, Maryland, were shocked about her sudden passing, as they were around the world. Considering that Joan Rivers was very vital while hosting for "Fashion Police," accepting her death was challenging for everyone.

It became more devastating following reports alleging that the beloved actress died as a result of hospital negligence and failures in supervision. According to a source, the federal authorities are investigating Joan Rivers' death.

Recently, authorities alleged that the clinic that performed the routine procedure on the 81-year-old actress in August failed to notice her diminishing vital signs before she went into cardiac arrest. A report stated that Rivers' pulse and blood pressure began to decrease while she was on the operating table on August 28. Investigators emphasized that the physicians involved failed to notice her vital signs. Apparently, physicians also failed to provide timely intervention.

Additionally, it has been discovered that the anesthesiologist of Yorkville Endoscopy changed Rivers's medical record and claimed that the host received 120 milligrams of Propofol, instead of 300 milligrams, which was the initial entry. The federal investigators added that one physician took cellphone photos of the actress and another individual while she was unconscious on the operating table.

Vital signs should always be checked and properly monitored when performing any form of medical procedure on a patient. Otherwise, any complications that result from improper patient supervision may be treated as negligence. If that is the case, the physician and hospital may face severe consequences.

Source: The New York times, "Joan Rivers's Treatment Had Numerous Violations, U.S. Inquiry Finds," Anemona Hartocollis, Nov. 10, 2014

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