COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - An Ohio intensive care doctor has been fired from a Columbus-area hospital system after it was discovered that he “ordered significantly excessive and potentially fatal doses of pain medication for at least 27 patients” over the last 5 years.
According to the Mount-Carmel Health System, the patients' families requested that life-saving measures were halted on their relatives, but the amount of medicine the doctor prescribed was more than what was needed for comfort.
The doctor, who has not been identified by the Mount Carmel Health System, was reported to Ohio law enforcement.
The Cleveland Clinic said the doctor served as a supervised resident between 2008 and 2013.
Mount Carmel Health System President and CEO Ed Lamb says the hospital has changed practices at the hospital to ensure that this does not happen again.
“Our team is identifying immediate root causes to ensure that out best practice care guidelines are followed," Lamb said. “So far, these include a new escalation policy for increases for pain medication dosing and a new approval process for pain medication at high doses during like situations.”
In addition to the doctor’s termination, 20 other hospital staff members, including pharmacists and nurses who administered the medication, were removed from providing further hospital care while the investigation is still ongoing.