Authorities are investigating a patient's death at an Oakland, Calif., hospital after what's being described as a "medical error" by a replacement nurse hired during a labor dispute.
'Medical error' death at hospital involved in labor dispute
Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says the nurse at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center gave the patient what she termed a "non-prescribed dosage of a medication." Watson did not release additional details but said the department is investigating.
"This is a tragic event and our heart goes out to the family of the patient," Carol Weis, the hospital's chief nursing executive at the medical center's Summit campus, said in a written statement. "We have met and spoken with the family of the patient to express our sorrow and sympathy and let them know our prayers are with them."
The statement acknowledged that a nurse's error caused the death but did not confirm that the nurse was a replacement for striking or locked-out workers.
Thousands of nurses across California went on strike for one day Thursday, but many were locked out when they tried to return to work Friday.
The patient, who died Saturday morning, had been receiving treatment at the hospital since July.
The hospital said in the statement that the incident would trigger an analysis of policies and procedures.
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