Doctor charged for allegedly giving fatal doses of painkillers

William Husel's home

William Husel's home

Former critical care doctor William Husel, centre, pleads not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of 25 hospital patients.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien said other medical staff who were interviewed were treated as witnesses, and he doesn't anticipate anyone else will be charged.

Mount Carmel Health System found Husel ordered potentially fatal drug doses for 29 patients over several years, including five who may have been given that pain medication when there still was a chance to improve their conditions with treatment.

Prosecutors said the deadly doses ranged from 500 micrograms to 2,000 micrograms, and nurses or pharmacists would often override the hospital's medication-dispensing cabinets. Schirtzinger's family said they'd been told her prognosis was grim - something they now question.

After Husel was charged Wednesday, Mount Carmel officials pledged to continue cooperating with authorities.

"This breach of the doctor's oath is vile", Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan said.

The suspicious deaths occurred at Mount Carmel and St. Ann's Hospitals in Columbus between February 11, 2015, and November 20, 2018, according to the statement.

Husel previously was a supervised resident at the Cleveland Clinic, where his work is under internal investigation.

A critical-care doctor in OH who authorities believe "purposely caused the death" of 25 hospital patients that overdosed on the opioid painkiller fentanyl was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday.

Mount Carmel Health, which now faces a barrage of lawsuits, issued a public apology when the news broke.

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"Following the discovery of the actions of Dr. Husel, we notified appropriate authorities, including law enforcement".

Lamb also said Mount Carmel is working to implement safeguards to ensure excessive doses are not given to patients in the future.

Numerous deceased patients were seriously ill. Providing compassionate care to patients and their families is one of our most sacred responsibilities.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of patients affected by this tragedy". Messages seeking comment were left for that attorney.

Mount Carmel has admitted that Husel wasn't removed from patient care until four weeks after concerns about him were raised last fall and that three patients died during that gap after receiving excessive doses he ordered.

Husel was sacked from the hospital in December, according to The Associated Press.

Magistrate Jennifer Cordle set his bond at $1 million US.

During their initial conversations, the attorney revealed that a doctor, who was later identified as Husel, was "administering doses of fentanyl at a level that they internally believed were inappropriate and not for a legitimate medical objective", Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Pfaff said that she hoped hospitals across the US learned from the case and developed policies and procedures to prevent and red flag such actions as what Husel is accused of.

"Trust me, I sit many hours sitting trying to figure out why would he do this to so many people, and I just don't know", Pfaff said. "She would be cheering me on".

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