January 29, 2019 – In addition to the 28 alleged victims of Dr. William Husel, the Mount Carmel Hospital System said 6 other patients under his care were administered fentanyl in doses that were larger than necessary to provide comfort, but weren’t the likely cause of their deaths, according to CBS News. The patients who died under Husel’s care had been hospitalized for various maladies, and ranged in age from 39 to 83.
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What’s the Problem?
Mount Carmel has acknowledged that Husel wasn’t removed from his post until 1 month after complaints were first raised about his prescribing habits. At least 3 patients died from excessive fentanyl doses ordered by Husel in the interim, the system said.
The hospital has issued a formal apology and placed 6 pharmacists and 14 nurses on administrative leave pending results of the investigation. Husel has not spoken publicly in response to the allegations.
Timeline of Events
- Oct. 25 – Mount Carmel receives formal report related to care provided by Husel.
- Nov. 19 – Mount Carmel receives 2nd formal report related to Husel’s prescribing practices, initiating a focused internal investigation.
- Nov. 21 – Mount Carmel receives a 3rd report and prohibits Husel from patient care.
- Dec. 5 – Mount Carmel fires Husel, notifies the State Medical Board of Ohio, and meets with Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.
- Dec. 7 – Mount Carmel notifies the Ohio Boards of Pharmacy & Nursing.
- Dec. 11 – Mount Carmel begins training staff on changes in procedures and on existing / updated policies.
- Dec. 27 – Mount Carmel begins contacting families of patients injured by Husel’s actions to notify them of the events and apologize.
- Jan. 14 – The first lawsuit is filed over Husel’s activities. The complaint names the health system, a pharmacist, a nurse, and Husel as defendants.
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