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Arizona woman sues SimonMed for medication mix-up and overdose during MR scan

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | February 08, 2024

According to ABC15, 11 SimonMed Imaging centers are now licensed by the state health department, and soon, all Arizona locations are to become licensed as well.

Medication errors are one of the most common causes of adverse events. Nonprofit medical safety organization ECRI listed such incidents as the third-highest on its list of top 2024 health tech hazards, saying that they are primarily due to hospitals and providers disengaging technology safeguards and modifying EHR systems to work in ways that best meet their needs, sacrificing safety and ease-of-use in the process.

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In a similar scenario to the one in Scottsdale, a 75-year-old woman at Vanderbilt University Medical Center died in 2017 after being given a paralyzing agent instead of a sedative for a PET scan. The nurse who gave her the medication, RaDonda Vaught, disengaged a computer safeguard, leading to the mistake. She was convicted of negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult and given three years probation. The case has raised concerns about the prevalence of medication errors and debates on holding nurses and other medical practitioners responsible.

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