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Doc Cleared in Jehovah’s Witness Med Mal Surgery Suit

A Washington state appeals court ruled Tuesday that an anesthesiologist didn’t breach the standard of care by not requiring a technician to reconnect a contaminated cell saver machine to a Jehovah’s Witness patient, who later died after losing nearly half of her blood in surgery.
Dr. Mark Morehart had been behind a surgical curtain when a suction tube meant to draw blood from a patient, recycle it and re-infuse it into the body fell out of the sterile field and onto the floor during a surgery to remove a tumor from Angela Baumgartner’s kidney, according to the decision.