Patient claims she suffered brain injury after B.C. doctors lost track of opioids given for pain – CBC

Barbie Torres claims physicians at Cranbrook, B.C., hospital failed to chart her medication

May 23, 2023

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Interior Health and three physicians that claims she suffered an opiate overdose and subsequent brain injury after doctors lost track of how much medication she’d been given for pain during a hospital stay in Cranbrook, B.C., two years ago.

In her claim, Barbie Torres alleged physicians gave her a combination of morphine, hydromorphone and ketamine after she went to East Kootenay Regional Hospital (EKRH) for a flare-up of her Crohn’s disease in 2021.

The lawsuit said doctors didn’t chart her doses properly or “legibly,” which led to an overdose.

“[The] injuries have caused and continue to cause the plaintiff pain, suffering, discomfort [and] loss of enjoyment of life,” reads the claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court this month.

The case outlines what would be another alleged instance of a medication error leading to dire consequences, which experts say can happen more frequently than patients might realize.

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