A Federal Court jury in Wichita this week returned a verdict of more than $1 million against a Hutchinson hospital for the death of a Great Bend man who died there in 2008.
Court records show that Jackie L. Sarff, 73, was admitted to Promise Reginal Medical Center on Aug. 4 , 2008, for treatment of colon cancer. The records say Sarff inhaled his own vomit while a nurse was inserting a tube into his stomach through his nose. He later died from the resulting brain damage, the lawsuit said.
Lawyers for Sarff’s relatives alleged that the hospital did not follow its own policies or the Kansas nursing regulations when they allowed an unqualified and unsupervised nurse to perform the procedure that resulted in Sarff’s death.