On December 5, 2018, Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio fired Dr. William Husel after an investigation into his treatment of patients as the late shift physician in the hospital’s intensive care unit. The investigation had started less than two months prior, when the first of three formal reports regarding Husel’s care were submitted to hospital administration. These reports, filed by two hospital pharmacists, raised concerns over Dr. Husel’s use of excessive painkillers in his treatment of patients. In all, the hospital found that at least 35 patients were affected by Dr. Husel’s actions over the course of four years. These patients, most of the gravely ill, had received oversized doses of fentanyl, at two hospitals in the Mount Carmel Health System, Mount Carmel West and Mount Carmel St. Ann’s. In the case of female one patient, the investigations found that she was given about 20 times the upper end of a dose recommended by Food and Drug Administration guidelines. Of these 35 patients, care provided to 29 were determined to be potentially fatal. Five of the patients were found to have had the opportunity for treatment that may have improved their conditions. The Mount Carmel investigation would lead to the firing of at least 23 employees, the resignation of two executives, and Dr. William Husel being arrested and charged with 25 counts of murder. So on today’s episodes, we will be discussing the case against Dr. William Husel and try to decide if what occurred at Mount Carmel was compassion care or was it murder.
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