A hospital has been sued for negligence in allowing a patient to fall off the operating table while he was sedated for a surgical procedure. The patient hit his head on the operating room floor, suffered serious head injury and blood loss, and in fact died after the fall. He fell on the part of his head where doctors had earlier removed part of his skull to alleviate inflammation of the brain. The family is going forward with the lawsuit against the hospital for the death because the operating room equipment was not adequate to prevent the fall. At issue are the size of the operating table and the size and strength of the straps used to restrain the patient.
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