- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A federal review of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center following a medical mistake that led to an infant’s death has found areas of concern in the hospital’s procedures.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services started their review in September after 7-month-old August Elliot was given the wrong medication and died of an overdose.

The hospital said Thursday in a statement that federal officials found three areas of concern, including medication safety, procedures for restraining patients and training of workers who aren’t permanent employees, According to the Times-News (https://bit.ly/1OrNQv2).

The hospital declined interviews after releasing the statement.

St. Luke’s has submitted a plan to the federal oversight board and has until the end of the year to make improvements. If it fails to do so, the hospital could lose federal reimbursements for care it provides to Medicare and Medicaid patients.

“With that in mind, we have made improvements in our processes since Sep. 23, with the goal of improving patients’ experiences and ensuring patient tragedies never happen again,” said Mike Fenello, who was hired as St. Like’s top Magic Valley administrator just after the boy’s death.

August came to the emergency room Sept. 22 with heart problems and was pronounced death a few hours later. According to the hospital, a nurse mistakenly gave the boy medication that had been prepared for an adult.

Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs has launched a criminal investigation into the child’s death.

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Information from: The Times-News, https://www.magicvalley.com


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