Second lawsuit filed against Mount Carmel, Dr. Husel over alleged fentanyl prescription death

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A second lawsuit has been filed against a Mount Carmel doctor who has been accused of prescribing “grossly inappropriate” lethal doses of fentanyl to 27 patients.

The latest lawsuit was filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.

It names Mount Carmel Health Systems, Dr. William Husel, Talon Schroyer – all who were named in the first lawsuit – and another nurse.

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It alleges that Dr. William Husel ordered that 600 micrograms of fentanyl be given to a Columbus woman, Bonnie Austin, after she was transported to Mount Carmel West hospital on September 30, 2018 for a collapsed lung.

“Defendant Husel ordered that 600 micrograms of the drug Fentanyl in addition to a large dose of Versed be given to Bonnie Austin through her IV and told Plaintiff David Austin that his wife was brain dead. This excessive dosage was grossly inappropriate given Bonnie Austin’s condition and was either ordered negligently and not properly reviewed or was intentionally prescribed by Dr. Husel for the purpose of ending Bonnie Austin’s life,” the lawsuit states.

Attorney David Shroyer told 10 Investigates late Tuesday evening the family of Bonnie Austin expected she would make a full recovery.

He said that Austin’s husband was contacted by Mount Carmel administrators shortly after Christmas about their internal investigation into patient care concerns.

Shroyer said his client did not realize there were 26 other patients who died until Tuesday.

Husel has been fired from Mount Carmel hospital over the allegations and 20 other hospital staffers – including nurses and pharmacists – have been removed from patient care while the hospital investigates.

Columbus police and the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office are also investigating.

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