Texas Doctor Kills Patient With ‘Compromised’ IV Bag At Surgical Center

Texas Medical Board suspends doctor connected with ‘compromised’ IV bag investigation at North Dallas surgical center – WFAA.com

The Texas Medical Board suspended Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz, Jr.’s license after hearing from federal law enforcement. The Board said it moved quickly because of what it considers imminent peril to the public’s health.

A Baylor Scott & White Surgicare North Dallas anesthesiologist took a tampered IV bag home to rehydrate while she was feeling ill. However, the patient suffered a serious cardiac event and died. The IV bag contained bupivacaine, an anesthetic used to numb areas of the body and provide pain relief during surgical, medical and dental procedures.

The Texas Medical Board determined evidence exists linking Ortiz to compromised IV bags found at the surgical center. The Board said that although compromised bags contained bupivacaine, they were not labeled as such.

Federal investigators are also looking into the death of Dr. Melanie Kaspar, who died after taking an IV home.

Ortiz was unaware his license had been suspended and told news sources he didn’t do it. Baylor Scott & White said it would limit its comments during the investigation.

Federal law enforcement investigating the case led to a temporary suspension of Baylor Scott & White Surgicare North Dallas on Friday. The facility remains temporarily closed as the investigation continues.

To learn more about this story, please consider the news outlets listed below to stay in the know.

  1. Texas Medical Board suspends doctor connected with ‘compromised’ IV bag investigation at North Dallas surgical center  WFAA.com
  2. Anesthesiologist’s license suspended; Incidents at Dallas surgery center under review  CBS DFW
  3. Texas Medical Board suspends doctor connected with ‘compromised’ IV bag investigation at North Dalla  WFAA
  4. North Texas doctor deemed ‘threat to public’ has license suspended after patient’s death  FOX 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth
  5. Medical Board Suspends Surgicare Doctor Amid Investigation into Death, Injuries  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
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