Columbus, Ohio — Investigations are underway into allegations that a doctor working for an Ohio hospital system ordered inappropriately high doses of pain medication to dozens of patients, leading to the deaths of at least 28 people at two hospitals. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Hospital System has said six other patients under the care of Dr. William Husel received doses of fentanyl that were larger than necessary to provide comfort, but likely weren’t the cause of their deaths. The patients who died under Husel’s care suffered from various ailments and ranged in age from 39 to 83.The hospital system has acknowledged that Husel wasn’t removed from patient care until four weeks after concerns were raised about his prescribing habits. Three patients died during those weeks after receiving excessive fentanyl doses ordered by Husel, Mount Carmel said.The hospital has apologized and has placed six pharmacists and 14 nurses on administrative leave during the investigation. Neither Husel nor his attorneys have commented about the allegations. CBS affiliate WBNS-TV reports Christine Allison says she is grieving the loss of her husband, Troy Allison. Her attorneys, Craig Tuttle and Gerald Leeseberg, said the 44-year old excavator died within hours of being at Mount Carmel… Read full this story
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