Infusion medical-malpractice lawsuit


Intravenous news: The Chicago Sun Times report “A Chicago couple filed a medical-malpractice lawsuit Tuesday blaming Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for the death of their 6-week-old son, saying the hospitals staff negligently gave little Genesis Burkett an intravenous bag containing “approximately 60 times the dose of sodium ordered by the physician.

Genesis died last Oct. 15, one month and nine days after he was born prematurely at Lutheran General, according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, which says he was making good progress at the hospital until a pharmacy technician incorrectly filled a doctors order for the IV fluid.

The bag initially was labelled correctly, noting the high level of sodium it contained, but at some point before a nurse administered it, a second label was placed over the first label, said attorney Patrick Salvi, the attorney for the boys parents, Fritzie and Cameron Burkett. The second label showed the correct amount of sodium that the doctor had ordered, so the nurse was unaware of the fatal dose, Salvi said.”

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