Dallas center shuts down after ‘compromised’ IV bag found

It was unclear what the IV bag was contaminated with or how it happened.

DALLAS- The Dallas Police Department investigated after a local surgical center informed them of a “compromised” IV bag.

Baylor Scott & White Surgicare North Dallas, based at 12230 Coit Road, contacted the department after discovering that an IV bag appeared to be “compromised.”

It’s unclear what the IV bag was compromised with, or if multiple bags were affected.

The center said it halted operations the same day it discovered the potentially compromised IV bag. It is unclear whether operations have resumed.

Police said they were involved in ongoing investigations but could not comment further.

According to a source familiar with the investigation, Melanie Kaspar died of a heart attack at her home in June.

Kaspar was a anesthetist who had been working at the operations center earlier in the day, the source said. Not feeling well, she gave herself an IV at home, which she was given by the surgery center, the source said.

Recently, the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s toxicology test results were completed, showing that she died from the toxic effects of bupivacaine, a drug used to numb an area during surgery or a medical procedure. According to the coroner’s office, the death is currently classified as an accidental death.

The source added that over the past few months, several other people have had unexplained reactions during or after surgery at this facility. One of those patients, according to the source, was an 18-year-old who had to be hospitalized for surgery last week.

The 18-year-old patient’s attorney, Bruce Steckler, told WFAA the patient was experiencing severe respiratory distress and was taken to Medical City Heart and Spine Hospital, where he was intubated and put on a ventilator. He was released five days later and is in good condition today, said Steckler.

“My client works with all law enforcement agencies. Additionally, we are investigating the practices and procedures at the facility that resulted in my client’s likely receipt of a tainted IV fluid bag,” said Steckler. “It is extremely concerning that controlled substances have been able to enter IV bags and raises concerns about the safety and storage of the bags and medication on site at the operations center. We are also concerned about the number of patients affected before my procedure, so healthcare providers should be able to determine if IV bags have been used or contaminated prior to use. My clients are committed to ensuring this doesn’t happen again.”

Steckler also said his client’s parents were once told he had a “50/50 chance” of surviving.

“We should be able to have checks and balances in place to prevent incidents like this,” said Steckler. “In my opinion there is no reason why a doctor or healthcare provider cannot determine whether a bag was actually used where someone put medication that shouldn’t have been there. We won’t ever let that happen to another patient again.”

In their statement, Baylor Scott & White acknowledge a possible compromised IV bag. They told the WFAA, “We are also contacting current surgery center patients who may have questions and we have established a dedicated phone line at 214-818-2794. Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our patients.”

If anyone has additional information about the situation or experienced side effects during the surgery, WFAA would like to ask you to email us at investigatives@wfaa.com.

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Laura Coffey

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