LAS VEGAS -- A state investigation of Sunrise Hospital concludes the hospital did nothing wrong with respect to a series of unexplained medical events in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
But its findings stop short of determining what, if any role, two nurses may have played in the incidents that cost one infant his life.
The investigation by the State Health Division found that catheter disruptions occurred in the NICU at Sunrise, and it determined the hospital followed regulations with respect to the prevention of, and the response to, those incidents.
So what does that mean for two nurses living under a cloud of suspicion? Not much. The division investigates facilities, not individuals.
Sunrise acknowledges 14 disrupted catheters in its NICU since February. "Disruptions" is not a medical term and so far, Sunrise has refused to define it specifically.
In July, the Clark County Coroner determined complications from a severed umbilical catheter caused the death of a premature infant. Las Vegas police are investigating the incidents. And according to the State Nursing Board, police named two nurses, Jessica Rice and Sharon Ochoa-Reyes as persons of interest in the case.
Deputy Administrator Marla Williams with the State Health Division says if division investigators identify issues beyond the scope of their authority, they report them to the appropriate agencies.
"At the point that we find any issues, we bring in other agencies and they have the ability under their oversight authority to pursue any other issues identified," she said.
Williams would not say whether that occurred during this investigation, and she sidestepped the issue of whether the Health Division reached any conclusions related to the nurses.
Instead, she reiterates that the hospital did everything it was supposed to do to prevent the catheter disruptions and to respond the incidents once they occurred. But the investigation reveals nothing about how or why something went wrong 14 times.
Sunrise Hospital did not respond to requests for comment.
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