Alicia Coleman was born relatively healthy, her mother said, even though she was three months’ premature and weighed little more than 2 pounds at birth.
Things grew worse when Alicia came down with a bowel infection at 12 days old. The infection quickly spread through her intestinal tract and wreaked havoc on her tiny body.
Alicia’s doctors initially gave her a 5 percent chance of survival, said her mother, Dominique Coleman.
Yet Alicia fought through 15 surgical procedures and the battery of medications that marked the first year of her life. She improved to the point where doctors wanted to wean her off her medications. She was learning how to walk.
“We were very optimistic,” said Coleman, 26, of Omaha.
The 19-month-old child suddenly died Saturday while in the care of Children’s Home Healthcare’s World, a pediatric care center at 7815 Farnam Drive.
Coleman and hospital authorities said medical staff erroneously injected some of Alicia’s medication into a catheter connected to her jugular vein.
full article: Girl dies after medication error - Omaha.com
Unfortunately, the article is rather vague about the tragic medication error. From other news sources, the best I can piece together is that Alicia was to receive a "medication to slow her bowels" (Zantac? Paregoric?) It was to be given po/ng, but was admnistered into her central line instead.
Apparently, the child usually had homecare services, but they were unavailable on Saturday, so her mother took her to the respite facility instead while she went to work. This facility is a part of Children's Hospital, which has an impeccible reputation. How terribly sad. Thisis the second deadly medication error involving a young child in our city in just the last few months. Another child died at the University of Nebraska Medical Center recently following an apparent heparin overdose.
It is truly tragic that our health care leaders have been ineffective in preventing these errors. I believe in my heart that a large part of the problem is the lack of highly experienced nurses at the bedside.