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Monday, October 4, 2010

Seattle Children’s Hospital under Investigation Due to Fatal Medication Errors

In the past two weeks, two infants have died and one adult was injured at Seattle Children's Hospital due to medication errors, prompting a Department of Health investigation into the hospital's medication dispensing practices.

On September 19, a baby died after receiving ten times the intended dosage of calcium chloride while being treated in the ICU. In the past week, a second infant died at Seattle Children's after a staff member violated hospital policy by dispensing medication to the baby without an order from a licensed physician. In the third incident, an adult being treated for a life-threatening respiratory issue had his medication incorrectly administered. This patient has since recovered from the incident.

The hospital's medical director has taken responsibility for the incidents and insists Seattle Children's is taking steps to address the problem. The Department of Health is currently investigating these events but has not released any findings to the public yet.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a medication error, the experienced medical malpractice
attorneys at the Cochran Firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve clients nationwide.

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