Tennessee VA Hospital Under Investigation Following Deaths

Nov 21, 2013

Credit memphis.va.gov

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs says it has begun an investigation into the Memphis VA Medical Center where an inspector's report found three patients died after receiving substandard care.

A letter Wednesday from committee chairman Jeff Miller to the Department of Veterans Affairs mentions three patients who died in the hospital's emergency room. A VA inspector general's report said one patient was administered a medication, in spite of a documented drug allergy, and had a fatal reaction.

Another patient was found unresponsive after receiving multiple sedating medications. A third patient had critically high blood pressure that was not aggressively monitored and experienced brain bleeding.

Miller's letter says the VA has shown an inability to correct issues in Memphis. The hospital did not return a call seeking comment.