Mercy General Hospital of Sacramento, California, was sentenced to pay a fine of $ 75,000 for administering false medication to a patient, resulting in her death. The order was issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
In a press release on Thursday, CDPH said that Mercy General had been punished after being found guilty of "failing to comply with license requirements or likely to cause serious injury," or Death for patients.
The incident that brought the hospital into trouble took place on 28 September 2016, when 74-year-old Donna Facino was admitted to the facility for knee surgery and a licensed nurse gave the patient two opioid painkillers ̵
CDPH's investigative report said that the drugs were not administered in accordance with the doctor's instructions.
"These 2016 drugs were in error, which led to patient 1 Shortness of breath and heart attack, which led to diffuse brain anoxia (brain hypoxia), brain swelling, and subsequent death.
It also noted that the nurse "too much medication" administered, even the patient's pain as anxiety, although the patient's pain rated as an eight out of 10. In addition, the hospital failed to notify a doctor if the staff were unable to control pain with multiple narcotics.
According to The Sacramento Bee, the healthcare company to which the hospital belongs, Dignity Health said in a statement after the patient's death:
"We want to express our deepest sympathy to the family for their loss, Mercy's top priority General Hospital is the care and safety of our patients, Mercy General has conducted a thorough investigation and is committed to improving patient care and safety for all patients, respecting patient privacy and hospital policy, respecting our patients' privacy by: we do not talk about the specifics of their treatment. "
When the head of the pharmacy and other hospital officials were questioned by the investigators after the patient's death, it was agreed that the administration of fentanyl and hydromorphone together was a serious caregiver's mistake and that Fent Anyl should not be administered as early.
Since the incident, the hospital's anesthesia department has been discussing the steps needed to improve opioid order and communication, "the report said, calling for more frequent monitoring of the patient's vital signs.
Laura Facino, the patient's daughter, told NBC daughter KCRA that her mother "should not have been so. It was too early. "
" The reason she got the knee replacement surgery was that she could continue to walk around, "she added." It slowed her down. She had to fix her knee so she could continue. "
Facino's husband said he wanted the hospital to make major changes so that no one could go through what his wife endured.
" How do you count for 60? " Years of marriage and things you'll never forget, "said Al Facino." The way we were treated by Dignity Health was totally inappropriate. It was just a nightmare.
In addition to Mercy General Hospital, 12 other medical facilities for various malpractices have been fined $ 1,052,505, according to a press release from the department.