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Minnesota judge bans hospital from taking Covid-19 patient off a ventilator

Minnesota judge bans hospital from taking Covid-19 patient off a ventilator

A Minnesota judge on Thursday blocked a hospital from taking a patient with Covid-19 off a ventilator, a day after his wife said she “strongly” disagreed with the decision, court records show.

Anoka County Judge Jennifer Stanfield issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting doctors at Mercy Hospital, north of Minneapolis, from removing Scott Quiner from a respirator after they refused to provide the treatment his wife, Anne Quiner, said. asked for, her lawyer said in an interview.

The attorney, Marjorie Holsten, said she didn’t know what the treatment was. Anne Quiner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In an affidavit filed with the Tenth Judicial District of Minnesota, Anne Quiner said she was appointed to make her husband’s health care decisions. He was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit on November 6. Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE reported.

In the affidavit, Quiner said she was in the process of finding a new facility for her husband, but needed more time.

Doctors at Mercy Hospital “have advised taking measures on Thursday, January 12, 2022 that will end my husband’s life,” she said in the document. “These actions include turning off his fan.”

“I have informed the doctors that I strongly disagree with this action and do not want my husband’s ventilator to be turned off,” she added.

The hospital did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement, the hospital’s parent company, Allina Health, declined to comment on patient care, but said it “will follow the court’s order in this case and continue the legal process”.

The statement added: “In the meantime, our healthcare teams remain committed to delivering exceptional care to all of our patients based on the best medical science and treatments for a patient’s medical condition.”

The next hearing in Scott Quiner’s case is scheduled for February 11.

According to a tally by NBC News, hospitalizations for Covid-19 in Minnesota have risen six percent in the past two weeks, while the omicron variant continues to increase across the country. The most recent state health data show that 55 of the state’s 68 hospitals — or 81 percent — had no beds available in their intensive care units.

Courtney Brogle contributed.