An 83-year-old woman died from internal bleeding one day after having a routine colonoscopy.
Martha Wright died on August 3, 2018, the day after having her first colonoscopy at Cass Regional Medical Center.
At the time her doctor had recommended the procedure because she was anemic.
Now, the hospital is being closely watched by government regulators due to Wright’s death.
According to The Kansas City Star, state inspectors investigated the hospital in November after her daughter Dena Royal filed a complaint.
During their investigation, officials found that Wright showed signs of distress after the procedure.
However, Cass Regional staff didn’t properly respond, according to the newspaper.
Between August 3 and late November, the hospital had performed 348 colonoscopies without addressing the deficiencies in care.
The findings were then sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which said the situation has been classified as an ‘immediate jeopardy’ that ‘placed all patients at the facility at risk’.
The hospital’s CEO, Chris Lang, said the hospital ‘is aware of and has and is fully addressing the findings related to conditions/standards found to be in non-compliance’.
According to Dena Royal, her mother was afraid of having the test done and even said ‘it will kill me’ days before the procedure.
Royal said she has hired an attorney and has plans to sue.
‘You don’t go in for a routine colonoscopy and then not come home,’ Royal told the Star.
During the procedure, Wright had been sedated. Hospital records show that there were no signs of colon cancer and there were no polyps to be removed.
The test was done on the morning of August 2 and by that evening, Wright was complaining of pain in her upper abdomen.
Five hours later, the pain had increased and spread to her left shoulder.
According to the Star, a nurse told her she probably had gas and gave her Tylenol instead of contacting the surgeon.
The doctor was notified at 2.30am and ordered some tests, including a CT scan.
But shortly after 5am, Wright was pronounced dead.
According to the CT scan, a ‘large amount of hemorrhage … within the abdomen and pelvis’ was found.
‘That’s what’s so upsetting, that my mom had this slow tortuous death,’ Royal told the Star.
‘She was alert and telling them about the pain, but nobody seemed to take it seriously.’
Royal said the surgeon who did the colonoscopy told her the bleeding may have stemmed from trauma to the spleen, a risk associated with colonoscopies.
Cass Regional’s correction plan includes many policy changes to keep incidences like this from happening in the future.
SOURCE: Daily Mail