Hospital cited in heating blanket fever death of boy, age 6

File photo

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health has cited the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in the death of a 6-year-old boy whose temperature topped 107 degrees while he was under a special heating blanket.

The health department says there are no records that the boy’s temperature was taken during a 10-hour period, and says the hospital didn’t report the “serious event” until 77 days later.

Such incidents are supposed to be reported within 24 hours.

The hospital says the boy had “ongoing, complex and life-limiting health issues” when he was brought to the hospital in January with a below-normal temperature.

He was put under a special blanket that forces warm air onto patients to raise their temperature.

The hospital says it has launched its own investigation into the death.


>> BACK TO TOP STORIES provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s