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Couple Suing Hospital over Infant Who Died from Incorrect IV Bag

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Park Ridge, Illinois, hospital where a 6-week-old infant died after being hooked up to an IV bag with too much sodium called the incident an error. The boy’s parents are calling it medical malpractice, and have filed a lawsuit against the hospital.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the boy was born on September 8 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He was born prematurely and stayed in the hospital after the delivery, but was making good progress in growth and overall health, the lawsuit said.

On October 15, the boy was given an IV bag that allegedly contained 60 times the level of sodium ordered by his physician, according to the lawsuit. A pharmacy technician on the hospital staff allegedly placed a new label over the bag’s original label, which listed the accurate sodium level for the fluid inside. The new label listed a much lower dose, leading to a nurse selecting it for the infant. The high level of sodium killed the infant at age 6 weeks.

The attorney for the infant’s parents said his clients were devastated by his death. The couple had struggled to have a child, suffering a couple of miscarriages before the boy was born. The lawsuit was about obtaining “full and fair compensation” for his death, which was solely due to malpractice, the attorney said.

A spokeswoman for Advocate Healthcare said the boy’s death was due to “a hospital error.” She said the hospital’s prayers were with the family.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, “Lawsuit says Park Ridge hospital’s negligence caused baby’s death,” Kim Janssen, April 6, 2011

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