Robert Knowles, a quadriplegic from East Yaphank, New York, was left with severe brain damage and a propensity for seizures after nurses at Medford Multicare Center on Long Island allegedly ignored an alarm that his ventilator had dislodged. A lawsuit filed by Knowles’ family alleges the injuries occurred after nurses waited for approximately 24 minutes to assist as the alarm sounded. According to those who have seen surveillance video, the nurses failed to respond as a flashing light on the computer monitor flashed, indicating that the ventilator had dislodged.
The Attorney General’s office is currently investigating the incident.
LI nurses ‘ignored’ gasp man, New York Post, Reuven Blau, November 28, 2010