Intravenous news: ConcordMonitor.com report “The family of a Vermont woman who died following complications from her treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was awarded nearly $1 million by a federal jury this week in medical malpractice and wrongful death awards. The jury awarded $598,000 to the estate of Katherine Coffey and $385,000 to her surviving husband.
According to court documents, Coffey was admitted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to treat fluid in her lungs shortly after she had received open heart surgery in 2005. While she was there, an IV line placed in her hand leaked medication into the tissue of her hand. The resulting reaction required her to undergo surgery to amputate several fingers.
A few weeks after the amputations, Coffey, 79, died from an infection with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a drug-resistant type of bacteria often acquired inside of hospitals”.