Yep, another aspiration death lawsuit on front page of the Orlando newspaper yesterday. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-08-07/health/os-hk-medical-mistakes-cf-20110807_1_barbara-hicks-wurm-harold-hicks They blamed the MD for not being present during induction when the patient aspirated during an emergency ex lap for SBO. The CRNA started the case. Also blames the MD for not "ordering an NG tube" to suck out gastric consents prior to induction. Apparently the insurance company already settle for 1 million but I think the patients are trying to go after the MD for more than the max policy. There are a couple of things to point out here. 1. MD should have been present during induction, especially during emergency cases. I can't blame the patient for suing in this case. But I work in Florida and it's the wild wild west sometimes when you supervise 4 rooms and many things are going at the same time. I do think MD needed to be in the room "for induction". Always mark present for induction especially for emergency cases. 2. The NG argument is a load of crap. We all know the NG tube was most likely ordered during the ER admission but nursing always "passes" the buck to anesthesia if they know patient is going to the OR. I am surprised the patients didn't sue the hospital for this.