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Hospital Employees Implicated in Patient’s Death from Fentanyl Toxicity

By Rebecca Summey-Lowman, MBA, RD, LD, CPHRM, CPPS, David T. Stewart Jr MD,

November 6, 2015

The Case

The patient presented to the ED, reporting having been bitten on the middle finger of his right hand by his pet cat six days earlier.  He had a significant history of narcotic seeking behavior. The cat bite incident began a long, stormy course involving multiple hospitalizations, numerous long courses of various antibiotics, and multiple surgical procedures by an orthopaedic hand …

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