Woman Suffers Fatal Bleed after Surgery from Wrongful Administration of Excessive Dose of Blood Thinners

A forty-two year old woman underwent abdominal surgery for a perforated ulcer. After surgery, a nurse administered a blood thinner to clear her central catheter. Use of this particular blood thinner in this clinical setting was not indicated according to the safety warnings sent to the hospitals by the drug manufacturer and the Federal Drug Administration. The hospital failed to heed the warning and administered a dose 25x in excess of the customary dose used prior to the warnings being issued. Within hours, the patient bled to death.

Outcome:

A settlement was reached. The terms of the settlement are protected by a confidentiality agreement.