Oregon Woman Dead after Hospital Administers Wrong Medication
About the Hospital Medication Error
Fox News reports 65-year-old Loretta Macpherson was pronounced dead Wednesday after being given a paralyzing agent in place of the anti-seizure medication she should have received.
The paralyzing agent, which typically used during surgeries, caused Macpherson to stop breathing – she then suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage. Three members of the hospitals staff were been placed on paid leave following the incident.
The St. Charles Health System is conducting an investigation and has notified the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office. It is unknown how the error occurred.
Mediation Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.
- According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, as many as 400,000 people die every year due to medication errors, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States.
- The data is based on research conducted by John T. James, Ph.D. with the advocacy group Patient Safety America.
- James analyzed four previous studies to identify specific evidence in which medical errors were determined to be a cause of death. These included medication stop orders or abnormal laboratory results.