A cyberattack at MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, directly led to a 3-year-old boy being given the wrong dose of medicine—one that could’ve had devastating consequences—after his tonsillectomy. Fortunately, the child survived with no lasting impact.
While waiting for their son to receive fluids, his parents Kelley and Raj learned the hospital had suffered from a cyberattack and certain systems had been taken offline at MercyOne Children’s Hospital, causing staff to treat patients without electronic access to records and ordering medication.
Jay was eventually admitted into the hospital overnight and was given a steroid, as well as, Tylenol mixed with codeine, an opioid, the next morning.
Later, a resident doctor came into the room to inform Kelley that her son had been given a ‘megadose’ of pain medication for his age and size. The doctor told the family that it was due to the hospital having to manually administer and order dosages due to the computer system being down, the Des Moines Register reported.
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