A Vanderbilt nurse has made a fatal mistake, and now the hospital has taken steps to make sure Medicare has not lost it.
Inspection reports from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) obtained by FOX 17 News show that a nurse gave the wrong medication to a stable patient and put him into cardiac arrest leading to his death. The nurse and the patient have not been identified.
Medicare fee reimbursement from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Medicare could be jeopardized as federal agencies have demanded that the hospital install safeguard clauses to prevent future mistakes. 26, 2017, two days after the patient was admitted for headache, brain swelling and other related symptoms.
A doctor ordered Versed 2 milligrams, a drug used to treat anxiety – but the nurse administered 10 milligrams of vecuronium. a lethal dose of the pest that is commonly used for muscle relaxation during surgery.
A report states that the incident was never reported to the Tennessee Department of Health.
CMS said the Vanderbilt correction plan and the Medicare plan were accepted on Thursday Billing will not be canceled in the hospital. CMS said the termination of Medicare is a "last resort."
The hospital is undergoing an ongoing review to "protect the health, safety and well-being of patients cared for by the facility."
Here is a statement from Vanderbilt:  VUMC was informed of an adverse finding by the Tennessee Department of Health following an on-site survey of a patient who died of a medication error in December 2017. When reviewing the event at the time of the event, we discovered that the error occurred because an employee has bypassed multiple security mechanisms to prevent such errors. We have communicated the mistake of the patient's family as soon as we have confirmed the occurrence of an error and have immediately taken the necessary corrective action (including appropriate staffing measures). We will continue to work closely with representatives from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that remaining concerns within the timeframe set are fully resolved, "said John Howser, VUMC's Chief Communications Officer.
MEDICAL STYLE IN THE EFFECT
In a letter of termination received from FOX 17 News, CMS states that it would have terminated the reimbursement of Medicare from Vanderbilt on December 9, if the hospital did not agree to the following qualifications for the program : Patient rights and nursing services.
Since the plan was approved on Thursday, the Medicare of Vanderbilt is not in danger.
In 2017-18, Vanderbilt University Medical Center had 1.9 million outpatient visits and more than 70,000 emergency department visits. The hospital employs more than 23,000 people. It was voted "Best Hospitals Honor Roll" of the 20 best US hospitals for adults and No. 1 in Tennessee and Nashville.
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