You would think that a hospital that doesn’t know the difference between drugs that make you healthy and those that kill you wouldn’t be in business for very long. But when it comes to black folks and health care, you never know what you’re going to get.
Richard Smith went to the hospital in July, 2010. The man from Florida said that he was having trouble breathing and had some pain in his stomach.
For whatever reason, the nurse at the hospital injected Smith with Pancuronium, the same drug that is given to death row inmates. Yes, the drug killed him, as it is supposed to do.
The nurse meant to give him the antacid Pepcid, but grabbed the death drug instead. The man went into respiratory arrest and was revived. But he died a month later, with his family now filing a massive lawsuit.
“We conducted an internal review and have several new processes in place to ensure a situation like this doesn’t happen again,” the hospital said in a statement.
But for those who think about checking into Miami’s North Shore Medical Center, you may want to heed a word of warning: That same nurse is still working in the Intensive Care Unit.