CMS accepts Vanderbilt’s plan to improve care after patient’s death
The CMS said it has accepted a plan of corrective action submitted by Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center after the hospital faced losing it’s Medicare contract because a patient died after receiving a large dose of the wrong medication. Termination from
Medicare would have taken place
Dec. 9 if Vanderbilt didn’t take steps to make sure the mistake didn’t happen again, according to a report given to Modern Healthcare by the CMS.
The patient was admitted to the hospital in December 2017 suffering from hematoma of the brain. A nurse mistakenly gave the patient 10 milligrams of the anesthetic vecuronium, instead of what was prescribed, 2 milligrams of the sedative Versed, to calm the patient before a scan. The patient went into cardiac arrest and died. The nurse was fired, but the CMS said Vanderbilt failed to report the incident to the Tennessee Health Department, as is required.
Vanderbilt officials believe they took appropriate actions, including telling the patient’s family about the error and firing the nurse.