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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