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6-year-old boy dies while using hospital heating blanket

Arizona parents may be saddened to learn that a Pennsylvania hospital has been cited after an investigation was conducted into the death of a 6-year-old boy. The action took place after the health care facility failed to report the incident within 24 hours.

The boy was brought to the emergency department on Jan. 10 at about 2:51 p.m. with a low body temperature. As a result, he was placed under a blanket-like warming device. This device reportedly uses hot air to increase patients' temperatures. The boy's temperature was taken every two hours until about 12:43 a.m. when documentation showed that it was not taken for another 10 hours. He was eventually checked at about 10 a.m. where it was determined that he had no vitals. His temperature at the time of the next check was 107.6 degrees. He was ultimately declared dead at about 5:40 p.m.

The medical center did not report the incident until 77 days after the death occurred even though the facility was required to submit the report within 24 hours. The facility received five citations for failing to report the safety issue and the failure to meet standards of care.

While hospitals endeavor to provide the best care possible, medical mistakes and hospital negligence can result in serious harm or even death. If a patient death occurred due to negligence, the family members may have legal recourse. A medical malpractice attorney may review the claim to determine if the hospital was negligent by failing to follow protocols a provide acceptable care for the patient.

Source: AOL, "6-year-old boy's temperature topped 107 degrees while under hospital heating blanket before death", Sean Naylor, Aug. 30, 2017

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