Thursday, August 20, 2015

Marine Jason Simcakoski Died and Wisconsin VA At Fault

VA hospital at fault in Marine veteran's death
Marine Corps Times
By Patricia Kime, Staff writer
August 20, 2015
But investigators found that nearly all the drugs found in the veteran's system could cause sedation and the patient's record "confirmed that all these drugs were prescribed by providers at the facility."
Jason Simcakoski died at the Tomah (Wisconsin) VA Medical Center on Aug. 30. An inspector general's investigation says hospital staff improperly prescribed medication to the Marine veteran.
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A Veterans Affairs Department investigation into the death of a former Marine at the Tomah, Wisconsin, VA Medical Center found the staff failed to properly prescribe medications and blundered the medical response when the veteran was found unresponsive in his bed.

Jason Simcakoski died Aug. 30, 2014, in the hospital’s short-stay mental health unit from “mixed drug toxicity,” having taken 13 prescribed medications, including several that cause respiratory depression, in a 24-hour period.

According to a VA Inspector General report released Aug. 6, staff psychiatrists had added new medications to Simcakoski's lengthy list of prescriptions in the days preceding his death.
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