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Fatal Medication Error

Written by Faith Anderson on December 19, 2012
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Medication Error Results in Fatal Insulin Dosage

According to allegations raised in the wrongful death lawsuit, Thomas Hospital outsourced medical transcription services to a company in India that used workers in Mumbai and New Delhi and made serious errors that led to Juno’s death. The complaint alleged that the transcription service, which transcribed admission paperwork sent from Thomas Hospital to a rehabilitation facility to which Juno was being transferred, made three inexcusable errors. The most serious mistake involved incorrectly transcribing the dosage of Levemir insulin as 80 units instead of eight, which was the actual dosage prescribed.

Brain Damage and Death Caused by Medical Error

As a result of the prescription error, Juno reportedly suffered brain damage caused by a Levemir overdose, resulting in cardiopulmonary arrest and ultimately her death. The wrongful death lawsuit claimed that Thomas Hospital failed to follow its own protocol by not reviewing or signing the patient’s discharge summary when she was transferred from the hospital to the rehabilitation facility. According to a statement issued by Juno’s attorney, it was also found that U.S. employees of the transcription company had previously complained about the subcontractors at Sam Tech Datasys in New Delhi and Medusind Solutions Inc. in Mumbai, indicating that the company’s work was prone to errors.

Contact an Experienced Attorney in Your Area

Medication errors, especially those resulting in excessive dosages or incorrect drugs being administered to patients, are one of the most devastating types of medical malpractice affecting patients today. Unfortunately, prescription mistakes are not uncommon in the United States. In fact, medication errors lead to at least 400,000 injuries in hospitals every year, which equals approximately one medication error per patient per day. If you have been adversely affected by a prescription error, or if you lost a loved one because of a medical mistake, don’t hesitate to protect the rights of you and your family. Our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can put you in touch with an experienced attorney in your area, so you can review your claim and possibly pursue financial compensation for your medical malpractice-related losses.

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