Suit Alleges Nursing Error at Texas Hospital
A lawsuit has been filed by the guardian of a 10-year-old boy who now has ventricular tachycardia after being admitted to the Memorial Hermann Baptist Behavioral Health Center.
The boy was sent to the hospital’s psychiatry unit for behavioral problems including bipolar disorder and ADHD.
Wrong Dosage of Lithium Given
According to reports, when the boy was admitted into the hospital a nursing error was made and 600 mg of lithium carbonate was prescribed to the boy twice a day, which is twice the amount of the lethal dosage.
The nurse’s allegedly didn’t take into account the boy’s weight.
The suit claims that the correct dose should have been 300 mg per day and that “because of this nursing and medical error, the child began his stay in the hospital receiving 1, 200 mg of lithium carbonate daily, and this usage continued for six days until he eventually went into a coma.”
Blood Tests Serve as Red Flag
On the second day of the boy’s hospitalization, a blood analysis showed the blood lithium level to be abnormal.
“The hospital’s nurses continued to give the child double lithium carbonate doses,” claims the suit.
When a social worker visited the child they reported that the minor could barely walk or hold his head up, was slurring his words, drooling and was covered in sweat.
When nurses came to him, they reportedly couldn’t find a pulse and he slipped into a coma.
After being air lifted to a nearby emergency room he began having episodes of ventricular tachycardia.
The plaintiff has filed the suit for past and future medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.
(Source: The Southeast Texas Record)
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