Edward Peers was eating dinner with his family when he felt a jolt of pain in his back and radiating chest pain. He was taken to Doylestown Hospital where he was examined by an emergency department physician who ordered two EKGs.
The test results were not concerning for acute coronary syndrome, and a chest x-ray did not reveal any acute findings. Nevertheless, while at the emergency department, Peers experienced shortness of breath, nausea and bradycardia.
The emergency department doctor allegedly diagnosed nonspecific chest pain and heat exhaustion. The doctor ordered that Peers be discharged after receiving IV hydration.