Hospital gave 6-week-old boy fatal dose of sodium that was 60 times what was prescribed


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A Chicago couple filed a medical-malpractice lawsuit this week blaming an area hospital for the death of their 6-week-old son, saying the staff negligently gave him an IV bag with 60 times the prescribed dose of sodium.

As a result of the mistake, little Genesis Burkett died last Oct. 15, one month and nine days after he was born prematurely at Lutheran General, according to the lawsuit.

The IV bag initially was labeled correctly, noting the high level of sodium it contained, but at some point before a nurse administered it, a second label was placed over the first label, according to the attorney for the boy’s parents, Fritzie and Cameron Burkett.

The second label showed the correct amount of sodium that the doctor had ordered, so the nurse was unaware of the fatal dose.

Advocate Healthcare spokeswoman Kelly Jo Golson acknowledged an “error.”

“A hospital error led to the incorrect concentration of sodium in [Genesis’s] IV solution,” Golson told the Chicago Sun Times. “Our prayers continue to be with the family.”

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