The Columbus Dispatch reported yesterday that four dozen pharmacists and nurses were involved in the care and treatment of 35 patients in the Mount Carmel West ICU and have been reported to their respective state licensing boards. Of those 48 employees, 30 have been placed on paid leave and the other 18 have left the health system entirely. Mount Carmel also reports they have placed five managers on paid leave, bringing the total number to 35 employees.
Yesterday, Leeseberg & Valentine put out a press release advising local media that it appears Dr. Husel failed to follow guidelines for determining when a patient is "brain dead". Attorney Gerald Leeseberg stated, based on guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology for determining brain death, it appears that "virtually none ... were complied with, completed and/or documented by Dr. Husel before advising family members that their loved ones were 'brain dead.'"
We recently obtained a copy of Mount Carmel's "Plan of Correction," which details, among other things, the following information:
The attorneys at Leeseberg & Valentine filed two more lawsuits against Mount Carmel, Dr. William Husel, a pharmacist, and two nurses earlier today. The cases were filed on behalf of the families of James Allen and Joanne Bellisari, both of whom were given 1,000 micrograms of Fentanyl.
Yesterday, Mount Carmel announced it has identified seven more patients who recevied potentially lethal doses of fentanyl at the hands of Dr. William Husel. It announced one of these new victims likely recevied a fatal doasge. The other six, however, received amounts that went "beyond providing comfort," but likely did not cause the patients' deaths.