Nurse's Miscalculation Results in Infant Death

A newborn patient at Children's Hospital died after a nurse mistakenly administered a lethal dose of medication.

That's the word from hospital officials.
Hospital CEO Dr. Tom Hansen outlined the incident in a letter sent to staff members last week.

Hansen said a nurse in the intensive care unit recently administered 10 times the intended dose of a medication, calcium chloride. The infant died a few days later.

The patient has not been identified, and a hospital spokesperson refused to provide any additional details about the case. It is not known whether the nurse involved will face any disciplinary action.

Hansen said the hospital has notified the state Department of Health, and has launched an investigation to determine why its safeguards failed to prevent to death.

In the wake of the incident, Hansen said the hospital has changed its policy to only allow pharmacists and anesthesiologists to access calcium chloride in non-emergency situations. He added the investigation is ongoing, and officials are looking for additional ways to cut risk to patients.


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  • by Erik Location: Wiregrass on Sep 29, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    Janna, so you support mediocrity and sub-standard service in your local services ? Where else would you think review of the reporter and editorial efficiencies should be covered? These people are supposed to be PROFESSIONALS in the arts of reporting, proper usage od words, proper structuring of sentences, and more. Why would you hold them up to lesser accountability? Do you allow your polices services to be untrained in weapons usage? How about your other emergency services? Like Fire? should all they have to know is how to get on a truck? Janna do you allow your children to make mistakes time after time without correcting them or pointing them to where they can learn the proper ways? As an afterthought, I can give you several links for information on where you can place your "mental breakdown".
  • by Janna Location: Wiregrass on Sep 29, 2010 at 05:01 AM
    Erik get a grip. If you feel WTVY fails to give adequate information, by all means switch to another news source. Really, its not worth you having a mental breakdown on a public forum.
  • by Erik Location: Wiregrass on Sep 28, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    B'ham ? is that where this took place, or is that just ONE place that has a children's hospital? This story is the net result of indifference and ineptitude invading the local major news source. If one googles "childrens hospital" MANY links are presented... Boston, D.C., L.A., New Orleans... and many, many more... f one googles the name of the CEO we find out that this is the SEATTLE, WA Children's Hospital. Why should readers have to google a secondary information source to find out where this happened?
  • by CB Location: Enterprise, Al on Sep 28, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    Children's Hospital is in Birminham, Al.
  • by Erik Location: Wiregrass on Sep 28, 2010 at 01:14 PM
    And the ineptitude continues. I do not speak of the hospital, nor the nurse, but of the reporters and editors that bring this story to us. WHAT hospital is this? WHERE is this hospital? When can we expect some improvement?
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