This case takes place in Oklahoma and involves a patient who was admitted to the hospital after developing pneumonia. A laboratory test indicated the patient had a low blood-sodium level. A three percent intravenous saline solution was ordered for the patient. The three percent saline solution was administered intravenously to the patient by a nurse. Later that evening, a new nurse came on duty and did not check on the patient because she had to do paperwork. When the patient’s doctor came to check on him, he found the patient in cardiac arrest. The patient was resuscitated, but because his heart had stopped for between four and ten minutes, he sustained brain damage. He remained in a coma and died a month later. The patient’s family sued the hospital claiming that the nurse on duty had been negligent in failing to monitor the patient’s condition closely.