Former Mount Carmel physician gave 34 now-deceased patients 'excessive' pain medication — 5 details

Written by Angie Stewart | January 31, 2019 | Print  |

Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Hospital placed 23 employees on administrative leave after 34 patients reportedly received excessive doses of pain medication, CNN reports.

Five details:

1. While under the care of William Husel, DO, 28 patients received excessive and potentially fatal doses of medication. Six were administered excessive doses that weren't believed to contribute to their deaths. All 34 patients have since died.

2. Three of those patients died after the hospital was notified about potential problems involving Dr. Husel.

3. The hospital's investigation into the situation is ongoing, and there may be more patients affected, Mount Carmel Hospital President and CEO Ed Lamb said in a statement to CNN.

4. Mount Carmel removed Dr. Husel from patient care Nov. 21, 2018, and fired him Dec. 5, 2018. Members of the hospital's management team are among the 23 employees placed on administrative leave.

5. Dr. Husel and the hospital system face eight lawsuits alleging the excessive medication led directly to the patients' deaths. Several claims state fentanyl was prescribed in high doses.

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