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News: A 36-year-old woman was transported to the emergency department (ED) at 12:55 p.m. after exhibiting symptoms consistent with a viral infection. A lumbar puncture was performed, the results of which revealed herpes viral encephalitis. Acyclovir was ordered stat; however, the nurse on duty did not administer the medication until three hours later, by which time the patient had become comatose.

Legal Review & Commentary: Failure to timely administer Acyclovir in patient with viral encephalitis yields $23 million verdict