A Chicago-based hospital is being sued after a couple claimed that the hospital's negligence lead to the death of their newborn.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the couple's 6-week old son, who was born prematurely, died at the Chicago-area hospital.
The couple has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical facility, saying that the negligent care by the hospital's staff led to their child's death.
The lawsuit claims that the prematurely-born child was making "good progress." A pharmacy technician at the hospital made an error when filling a doctor's prescription for IV fluid. The lawsuit also states that the erroneous bag of IV fluid was initially labeled as containing high levels of sodium; however, at some point another label was placed over the high-sodium warning before a nurse administered the IV to the child.
Because the second label stated an amount of sodium that matched the exact amount of sodium that the doctor initially requested, the nurse who administered the IV was not aware the fluid being administered actually contained levels of sodium much higher than what was requested.
As a result of this medical error, the lawsuit says, the families newborn died. The hospital released a statement to the press acknowledging that an error had been made.
Medical errors are a type of medical malpractice, and unfortunately can often lead to devastating results such as in this case. If you think you have been a victim of medical malpractice, call the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates. Call us toll-free at 1-800-541-9376.
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