Florida resident Ronald Carl arrived at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville last summer to receive treatment for what doctors diagnosed as a simple boil. In keeping with standard treatment protocols, Carl was prescribed a course of antibiotics and sent home. Several days later, Carl returned to the hospital, this time to receive treatment for unstable blood sugar levels. During this visit, a culture was taken of the infected wound, and lab tests determined that Carl was infected with the strain of staph known as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. However, the patient was not informed of this diagnosis and the information was not added to his medical record. Carl was readmitted to the hospital two months later, and died in the ICU within 24 hours of his arrival. Carl’s surviving family members recently filed a suit against the doctors who treated the patient, claiming both wrongful death and medical malpractice.
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