The Washington state health department sharply criticized Seattle Children's Hospital for deficiencies it says may have contributed to the death of an infant in September.
State rebukes Seattle hospital over infant death
In a report, state officials said the baby, who was being prepared for transfer to Seattle Children’s from another hospital, was administered four medications by a transport nurse without a physician’s order. The infant died soon after.
The hospital responded quickly to the report, issuing a statement saying it disagreed with the department’s characterization of the infant’s cause of death.
“Their review involved a critically ill newborn who died of natural causes, as determined by the King County Medical Examiner’s office, prior to transport,” Seattle Children’s said in the written statement.
Hospitals officials said they are taking the inadequacies outlined in the report seriously and are addressing problems in their transport protocols. “We responded to the (Department of Health) with a thorough action plan and timeline to address these findings.”
The incident involving the infant’s death came to light during a state investigation of the September death of another baby at Seattle Children’s, who died from a medication error.
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