HCA Houston nurse fatally administered wrong medication to patient
Originally Published: Jan 5, 2022 | Republished Oct 22, 2022
HOUSTON — HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood is facing a claim one of its nurses fatally administrated the wrong medication to a patient.
Judy Lynn Gomez, individually and as personal representative of the Estate of Jose Alfredo Gomez filed a complaint Dec. 23 in Harris County District Court against C/HCA Inc., doing business as HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood alleging negligence.
According to the plaintiff’s complaint, Jose Gomez was experiencing low oxygen levels and was admitted to HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood on February 8, 2021.
She alleges that while admitted, Gomez was given a dose of potassium by a nurse that was not ordered by a physician which led to his suffering complications and led to his death the following day.
The plaintiff claims HCA Houston’s negligence for administering the wrong medication and for their nurses’ failure to follow physician’s orders.
She also claims the defendant’s actions were a disregard of Gomez’s rights, welfare and safety.
The plaintiff alleges that Gomez suffered pain and mental anguish and that his estate incurred medical, funeral and burial expenses.
The plaintiff seeks monetary relief of more than $250,000, interest, trial by jury and all other just relief.
Harris County District Court case number 2021-83108
GOMEZ, JUDY LYNN (INDIVIDUALLY AND AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF vs. C/HCA INC (DBA HCA HOUSTON HEALTHCARE KINGWOOD)
(Court 125, JUDGE KYLE CARTER)
Originally Published: Dec 27, 2021 | Republished Oct 22, 2022
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“While the term “corporate negligence” may have a much broader connotation, we construe it here to mean that a hospital’s liability is founded on the independent duty it owes to its patients.
The public policy which justifies placing the expanded responsibility and duty of care on a hospital is based on the present day view that a hospital is a multifaceted health care facility that should be responsible for proper medical treatment on its premises.
This view is justified because the hospital is in a superior position to supervise and monitor physician performance and is, consequently, the only entity that can realistically provide quality control.”
– Insinga v. LaBella, 543 So. 2d 209, 214 (Fla. 1989)