Inspectors sent to Naples hospital over 'drip-mistake death'

Incident follows case of newborn given milk intravenously

Inspectors sent to Naples hospital over 'drip-mistake death'

(ANSA) - Naples, July 30 - Health Ministry inspectors are probing the death of a 19-year-old man in the Naples Policlinic hospital on Sunday after the parents told police that they suspected a "mistake" with his intravenous drip. Luca De Carlo, who suffered from a severe form of diabetes, was admitted to the hospital for tests due to weakening eyesight. Doctors diagnosed a nerve inflammation and administered cortisone-based iv drips, the first of which on Friday lasted 45 minutes instead of the scheduled four hours, said the man's father. Medical examiners will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Hospital General Director Giovanni Persico said on Monday that "if there have been any mistakes (that caused De Carlo's death) they will be reported immediately to investigators". De Carlo's death follows a June 29 incident in a Rome hospital in which a premature baby died after being administered milk interveneously rather than a saline drip.

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