A hospital in Illinois has settled for $8.3 million with the family of
an infant boy who died after he was given too much sodium through an intravenous
tube. The boy, who was born four months prematurely, was only about 40
days old when he died in 2010.
A hospital investigation determined that the dosage of sodium for the IV
bag that killed the child had been incorrectly entered into the machine
that mixed the solution. A simple data entry error caused a child to die
far before his time.
Unfortunately, these sorts of medication errors are not uncommon. According
to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), adverse drug events –
injuries stemming from the use of medications – account for approximately
700,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms each year. Sadly, many of these
sorts of accidents are preventable.
Though hospitals and health care providers have been working to implement
strategies to prevent medication errors, no system is foolproof.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury due to the negligence
of a physician or other medical personnel, contact an experienced medical
malpractice attorney. A medical malpractice lawyer can assess your case
and help you get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost
wages, and pain and suffering. For more information, contact an attorney today.