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Family of man killed by combined fentanyl-midazolam overdose files wrongful death, malpractice lawsuit

The wife of a Wisconsin man who died during a routine endoscopy after he allegedly was given excessive doses of the sedatives fentanyl and midazolam has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the clinic that performed the procedure. Travis Disch died in 2013 from a brain injury caused by lack of oxygen after he was given allegedly fatal doses of fentanyl and midazolam during an upper endoscopy at the St. Mary’s and Dean Outpatient Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

According to the malpractice lawsuit filed against the hospital by his widow, Disch’s doctor at St. Mary’s and Dean Outpatient Center ordered 50 micrograms of fentanyl and 2 milligrams of midazolam at the start of the endoscopy, with orders to increase the dose as needed during the procedure. However, a nurse accidentally gave Disch 100 micrograms of fentanyl and 5 milligrams of midazolam at the start of the endoscopy. Minutes later, the same nurse gave the patient an additional 50 micrograms of fentanyl and 3 milligram of midazolam.

These midazolam and fentanyl overdoses were compounded by the fact that the hospital’s equipment failed to record the patient’s blood oxygen levels or heart rate for 15 minutes during the procedure, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit also alleges that nurses and doctors failed to notice the fact that Disch’s skin became discolored during the endoscopy, a sign of oxygen deprivation.

As a result of this oxygen deprivation during the endoscopy, Disch suffered a permanent brain injury that required him to be placed on life support. Disch died one week after the procedure when his family elected to have him taken off of life support.

The lawsuit filed by Disch’s window on behalf of herself and the couple’s two daughters alleges medical malpractice and wrongful death on behalf of St. Mary’s and Dean Outpatient Center. The lawsuit also seeks damage for pain and suffering because Disch was under conscious sedation during the endoscopy procedure.

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If you have lost a loved one due to a fentanyl overdose or a combined drug overdose caused by the interaction between fentanyl and other CNS depressant drugs, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit on your loved one’s behalf. The first step in determining whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit is to speak with an attorney with experience in handling fentanyl litigation.

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