Unfortunately, medication errors occur in hospitals far too often. In adult patients, these mistakes can cause a variety of problems, but in children and infants, the slightest variation from the prescribed dosage can be fatal. As medical malpractice attorneys , we see these unfortunate cases all of the time and want to remind new parents that infants are much more vulnerable when it comes to medications and need to be monitored closely.
Family Sues after Infant Dies from IV with 60 Times the Ordered Sodium Dose
Fritzie and Cameron Burkett have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for the death of their 6-week-old son Genesis Burkett. On October 15, 2010 Genesis died only one month and nine days after he was born prematurely because of a preventable medication error at the hospital. The pharmacy technician incorrectly filled the doctor’s orders for the IV fluid and the boy was given “approximately 60 times the dose of sodium ordered by the physician.” Originally, the bag was labeled correctly but was relabeled, displaying an incorrect dosage. Advocate Healthcare spokeswoman Kelly Jo Golson acknowledged an “error” saying “A hospital error led to the incorrect concentration of sodium in [Genesis’s] IV solution…Our prayers continue to be with the family.”
According to the family’s medical malpractice lawyer Patrick Salvi, the parents “are devastated. They had a couple of failed pregnancies that ended in miscarriages in the early months, but this child was doing very, very well… The innocent infant died of malpractice, plain and simple. And we intend on proving it in court.”
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If you or a family member has recently suffered the wrongful death of an infant or has been the victim of medical negligence, and you would like to speak to someone about your legal options please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.