Public Citizen calls for investigation into patient deaths

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

October 26, 2011

Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization that helps advocate for individual rights, is calling for a federal investigation into two patient deaths at Bethesda (MD) National Naval Medical Center, now part of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

A physician involved in the care of one of two patients who died sent a letter to Public Citizen’s Health Research Group explaining that he had transfused blood infected with a type of bacterial infection into the patient and was unaware the blood was infected until the patient went into septic shock. The other patient also went into shock. Both were found to have the same type of unusual bacteria.

Source: Wall Street Journal