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Judges debate: Did professional lapses or hospital’s “chaos” cause a patient death?

In the case of a nurse disciplined for contributing to the death of a hospital patient, the Supreme Court of Ohio held February 23 that a hearing examiner's denial of the nurse's subpoena of several other patients' medical records was not so arbitrary as to constitute an abuse of discretion or denial of due process (Clayton v. Ohio Board of Nursing).

However, the 4-3 decision upholding a 2014 ruling of the Court of Appeals was notable in that two of three dissenting justices, referring to the "chaotic" situation at the hospital that evening, raised a . . .

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