Indiana: Methodist hospital admits doctor error in epidural overdose

  1. Apparently, a women recieved 10 hours of epidural medication in 1 hour and was paralyzed as a result. I think she is expected to recover.
    This is at the same hospital that three premature babies died as a result of an heparin overdose.
    I am trying to find an article, but here is the video feed for now. Would you set foot in this hospital???

    http://www.wishtv.com/Global/categor...7&nav=menu35_4
    Last edit by CyndieRN2007 on Oct 15, '06
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   sirI
    Here is a link to a partial narrative for the above video:

    http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.a...5&nav=menu35_5
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    Hospital Mistake Paralyzes New Mom

    By Associated Press

    Sun Oct 15, 10:54 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS - A hospital that gave lethal doses of a drug to three premature babies has made another medication mistake, giving a new mother a painkiller 10 times faster than intended and making her temporarily unable to walk.
    Amber Baise, 18, of Indianapolis, who received the painkiller during childbirth, has regained some movement in her legs as she recovers from what Methodist Hospital on Friday called a doctor's mistake.
    "We remain hopeful that she will receive a full recovery. That is our hope. That is our commitment," said Bill Stephan, a spokesman for Clarian Health Partners, which operates Methodist and Indiana University's hospitals.
    Baise entered Methodist on Oct. 8 to give birth to her first child and a doctor started her on an epidural. An improperly programmed pump gave her 10 hours worth of painkiller in just one hour.

    http://www.comcast.net/news/health/i...ospitalmistake
  5. by   sirI
    Post #3 merged with existing thread.
  6. by   JentheRN05
    Actually - yes I would go to that hospital. It is an awesome hospital. Obviously have problems at the moment. But I did clinicals there in nursing school and enjoyed it immensely. The nurses weren't very friendly, but irregardless it was a great place to learn - from experience.
    I would leery at the present moment. But all things do pass and so will this.
  7. by   Faeriewand
    The patient is young so I hope she can bounce back from this. What a shame.
  8. by   fetch33
    Sorry this is so long. My daughter, husband and I were at that hospital a year ago when a teenager ran a stop sign and broadsided our van. My daughter had a fractured femur and was taken into the trauma room in the ER immediately. She had surgery that night to repair her leg and was on the Peds ward for 3 days. I have no complaint about her care. They were excellent with her. My husband was taken to an observation area where he had xrays and CT scans and was eventually discharged so he could be with our daughter. I laid on a stretcher in a hallway for nearly 8 hrs. I did get sent for xrays. After several hours, I finally had to urinate. They found me a room for that. Urine was bloody, so I was sent for CT scan of abd/pelvis. I had a severely fractured fibula, fractured vertebra, fractured rib, bruised lung, bruised kidney and bruised omentum with a small amount of internal bleeding. I was discharged after 9 hrs without getting so much as a bag of IV fluid. I went to the surgery waiting room to wait for my daughter to get out of surgery. I became nauseated and almost passed out. My sister took me to the hotel attached to the hospital where I immediately went to bed. I wanted so badly to see my daughter, that I wouldn't let my sister take me back to the ER. By morning, I wasn't any better. So I went back to the ER where I spent the entire day getting at least 3 liters of IV fluid, Phenergan and more CT scans (this is when I found out about the upper body fractures and abd trauma). The trauma surgeon wanted to keep me overnight and actually wrote in his notes that I was kept for observation. The ER doc was a real a$$hole. When my sister, who is a nurse also, told him she thought I was getting hypotensive, he was a snot and said 'why do you say that, did you take her B/P? Do you have any proof of that?' He thought I was faking it and discharged me as soon as the trauma surgeon left. I spent the next couple of days in my daughter's room on Peds. I ended up having surgery on my leg two weeks later after the ortho doc found the fibula shortened and ligament damage to my ankle. He had been too busy with my daughter to personally examine me and was going on ER reports when he decided not to do surgery on me that night. Needless to say, I was not impressed with my care at the Methodist ER. I almost felt like I could have died in that hallway and no one would have noticed.
    Last edit by fetch33 on Oct 16, '06
  9. by   AfloydRN
    When the drugs wear off, there will be no lasting effects. She was technically not paralyzed but had no feeling d/t inaccurate epidural dosing.The preemie incident was totally different. The pharmacy tech put the wrong drug concentration in the wrong drawer and was not checked by a RPH. The RN assumed it was correct and gave it. That's why you must assume noone does their job right 100% of the time and you need to double check things before giving them. It is ultimately the RN who is responsible.
  10. by   banditrn
    Quote from fetch33
    Sorry this is so long. My daughter, husband and I were at that hospital a year ago when a teenager ran a stop sign and broadsided our van. My daughter had a fractured femur and was taken into the trauma room in the ER immediately. She had surgery that night to repair her leg and was on the Peds ward for 3 days. I have no complaint about her care. They were excellent with her. My husband was taken to an observation area where he had xrays and CT scans and was eventually discharged so he could be with our daughter. I laid on a stretcher in a hallway for nearly 8 hrs. I did get sent for xrays. After several hours, I finally had to urinate. They found me a room for that. Urine was bloody, so I was sent for CT scan of abd/pelvis. I had a severely fractured fibula, fractured vertebra, fractured rib, bruised lung, bruised kidney and bruised omentum with a small amount of internal bleeding. I was discharged after 9 hrs without getting so much as a bag of IV fluid. I went to the surgery waiting room to wait for my daughter to get out of surgery. I became nauseated and almost passed out. My sister took me to the hotel attached to the hospital where I immediately went to bed. I wanted so badly to see my daughter, that I wouldn't let my sister take me back to the ER. By morning, I wasn't any better. So I went back to the ER where I spent the entire day getting at least 3 liters of IV fluid, Phenergan and more CT scans (this is when I found out about the upper body fractures and abd trauma). The trauma surgeon wanted to keep me overnight and actually wrote in his notes that I was kept for observation. The ER doc was a real a$$hole. When my sister, who is a nurse also, told him she thought I was getting hypotensive, he was a snot and said 'why do you say that, did you take her B/P? Do you have any proof of that?' He thought I was faking it and discharged me as soon as the trauma surgeon left. I spent the next couple of days in my daughter's room on Peds. I ended up having surgery on my leg two weeks later after the ortho doc found the fibula shortened and ligament damage to my ankle. He had been too busy with my daughter to personally examine me and was going on ER reports when he decided not to do surgery on me that night. Needless to say, I was not impressed with my care at the Methodist ER. I almost felt like I could have died in that hallway and no one would have noticed.

    Fetch 33 - I sincerely hope that you don't just let this go by. You need to write a letter to the CEO and the Chief of Staff. There is NO excuse for that kind of treatment!!

    Our hospital had an ER doc that keep sending a young woman home - the third time her family brought her in she was septic from a burst gallbladder, and died. They're being sued.
  11. by   fetch33
    Quote from banditrn
    Fetch 33 - I sincerely hope that you don't just let this go by. You need to write a letter to the CEO and the Chief of Staff. There is NO excuse for that kind of treatment!!

    Our hospital had an ER doc that keep sending a young woman home - the third time her family brought her in she was septic from a burst gallbladder, and died. They're being sued.
    I wrote a letter asking someone to call me concerning my treatment in the ER and included it with the 'comment' card I was sent from the hospital. Never heard back from them. I had too much to deal with to follow up as I was taking care of my daughter and my mother-in-law who ended up getting diagnosed with gallbladder cancer shortly after our accident. I also was on crutches for 10 weeks and couldn't drive. It was a crappy ending to the year.
  12. by   nogzilla
    I am an ICU nurse at Methodist. I am very well aware of the mistakes made in this hospital as the patients who are affected by them often wind up on my floor. I choose to step foot in this hospital daily and would be a patient here regardless of these mistakes. Taking a closer look, mistakes like these are made daily in hospitals all over the US. Occasionally even the most renown hospitals have injuries or deaths related to medical errors. Look at Johns Hopkins, they are not error free either. I am thankful to work in an environment where errors like these are made public. If they were not reported and held from the public then we would have a real problem. Because they are brought to everyones attention, maybe it will be less likely to happen again, not only to us but maybe to another hospital if they can learn from our mistakes. Because of these mistakes we are all made aware of our fallibility and the are ever looking for ways to improve the process of bettering our patients care and their saftey.
  13. by   obnurse2004
    I am a PICU nurse at Riley Children's Hospital and I would still step foot inside Methodist. Even after hearing about this latest episode of medication error. Methodist is one of the best hospitals in Indiana. They are run by Clarian-which is the best health care system in Indianapolis--in my own opinion. :wink2: All hospitals have medication errors-it just happens to be that Methodist is getting the attention at this time. The thing to consider is to make sure the lession is learned as to not make the same mistake again.
  14. by   nogzilla
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