- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Prosecutors are not pursuing criminal charges in the death of a 7-month-old boy who died after a nurse gave him another patient’s medication.

KTVB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1TtIi4q) a Friday news release by the Twin Falls County Prosecuting Attorney says August Elliott’s death did not amount to a crime under the involuntary manslaughter statute.

The news release says a traveling, temporary nurse worked in hospitals where small saline bags are typically used for pediatric patients. One nurse had prepared an adult dose of a saline solution infused with potassium phosphate, and the traveling nurse mistakenly concluded it was for Elliott.

The hospital has amended procedures since the death, including a new requirement in pharmacy protocols that incorporates the use of colored labels.

The family can pursue other legal action in court.


Information from: KTVB-TV, https://www.ktvb.com/

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