Respiked partly empty IV bag is cause of massive fatal air embolism

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Dail Mercury report “An inquest has found the three-year-old died of a massive air embolism because her partly empty IV bag was respiked and used to administer saline fluids.

Queensland Ambulance Service was tasked by Retrieval Services Queensland to collect Ruby in Blackwater and transport her to Rockhampton, where she was pronounced dead at 8.40pm on August 9 after her condition deteriorated during the flight. The air entered Ruby’s blood about 31 minutes into the flight, Central Queensland Coroner David O’Connell said yesterday. If a new IV fluid bag had been used “then young Ruby would be with us today”, Mr O’Connell said.”

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