Las Vegas police are investigating 14 cases this year when patients at a children's hospital had their catheter tubes disconnected for reasons that aren't clear.
Las Vegas hospital opens probe on catheter problem
Sunrise Children's Hospital issued a statement Friday acknowledging the problem most recently sent one patient into intensive care and left another requiring extra medical care.
The hospital said it was stepping up its use of surveillance cameras.
Sunrise says all but one of the 14 incidents involved catheters that were supplying nutrition, medicine or drawing blood.
The other case involved a catheter placed into the artery of the remnants of an umbilical cord.
Police Capt. Patrick Neville hailed Sunrise Hospital for reporting the problem and says an investigation is ongoing.
"We are pleased that Sunrise Hospital was proactive by self-reporting this matter and by diligently notifying all the appropriate regulatory organizations," Neville said in a statement.
Reached by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Neville referred all questions to hospital officials. A hospital spokeswoman, Ashlee Seymour, declined to take questions, citing an ongoing investigation.
The hospital's statement didn't say if the incidents appear accidental or deliberate, whether the investigation has turned up any suspects or the date of the latest incidents. Details about the patent sent to intensive care were unavailable.
Hospital officials said they opened an internal investigation in February when they identified a problem with disrupted catheters at the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
A catheter can be disrupted in numerous ways, including improper insertion, blockage or removal, but the hospital didn't specify how the disruptions might have occurred.
The hospital also notified The Joint Commission, a nonprofit medical accreditation organization; the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the Nevada State Board of Nursing and the Southern Nevada Health District.
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