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Parties agree to $8M for fatal IV dosage error on infant patient

In 2010, an infant boy was born about four months premature. Much to the joy of the baby's parents, the hospital staff successfully leveraged modern medicine and technology to keep him alive.

The joy tragically transformed into grief when the fragile infant was given the incorrect concentration of sodium through his intravenous (IV) tube. The hospital's medication error quickly killed the 40-day-old infant.

The hospital has admitted that a data entry error led to the baby's wrongful death. The sodium solution was mixed by a machine; a data entry error caused the label to indicate that the dose's concentration was far weaker than it actually was. Unfortunately, the hospital's negligent mistake was too deadly for the fragile infant to overcome.

The at-fault hospital and the deceased infant's parents recently agreed to an $8.3 million settlement for the medical malpractice lawsuit.

While no amount of money can adequately compensate parents for the wrongful death of their child, the significant sum can help the family afford resources that may help them heal. It also provides an opportunity for the parents to uniquely honor the memory of their child through a charitable donation or some other form of remembrance.

Source: Business Insurance, "Hospital settles with family of infant who died from too much intravenous sodium," Judy Greenwald, April 5, 2012

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