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Seattle Hospital, State Look At Second Infant Death

SEATTLE, Wash. - The medical director for Seattle Children's hospital says a second infant died and one adult was given medication erroneously while under care of the hospital's staff. The news Thursday comes just a week after it was revealed that one infant died recently at the hospital after staff administered an overdose of a drug.

Dr. David Fisher says the latest fatality involves an infant whose cause of death has not yet been determined, but who had been given medication without consulting a licensed prescriber. Fisher says the third case was that of an adult who arrived in life-threatening respiratory distress at the hospital and was given the correct medicine and dose, but it was wrongly administered.

That person has recovered. Fisher says the hospital has reevaluated its entire medication delivery system. Also Thursday, the Washington state Department of Health announced it's investigating the second reported infant death that Fisher discussed.

Previous Coverage:

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington state Department of Health is investigating a second reported death of a child this month at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Health Department Communications Director Tim Church said Thursday the child death occurred around Sept. 17. It was reported to the state by the hospital.

The state has opened two separate investigations into that death. One is a "priority investigation" that focuses on the hospital facilities. The state Nursing Commission will also look into the death.

Hospital officials would only say they were planning a 6 p.m. news conference.

Just last week, the hospital's chief executive said a nurse's medication error led to the death of a different baby. That death also was reported to the state Health Department.
      
      
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