Kantele Franko, Jun 5, 2019
Associated Press – An Ohio critical-care doctor was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday in the deaths of 25 hospital patients who authorities say were deliberately given overdoses of painkillers.
Dr. William Husel turned himself in for arraignment on 25 counts of murder …
Mount Carmel Health System found Husel ordered potentially fatal drug doses for 29 patients over several years, including five who may have been given that pain medication when there still was a chance to improve their conditions with treatment.
The hospital system said six more patients got doses that were excessive but likely didn’t cause their deaths.
Many of the deceased patients were seriously ill. Any potential motive remains unclear.
Police Sgt. Terry McConnell said none of the affected families police spoke with felt what happened was “mercy treatment.”
Husel was fired after concerns arose, though Mount Carmel has said it should have expedited the process of investigating and removing Husel, who worked there for five years.
The health system’s officials said Husel wasn’t removed from patient care until four weeks after a concern about him was raised last fall, and that three patients died during those weeks after getting excessive doses he ordered.
Families alleged their loved ones were negligently or intentionally killed by painkiller overdoses ordered by Husel.
Mount Carmel has publicly apologized and already settled some of the civil cases for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read more.