Lisa Zenzen Baker, 1961-2003


Saturday, November 03, 2012

Drug error alleged

                 St. Peter’s Hospital faces trial
                 for alleged morphine overdose

By David Baker
Posted Saturday Nov. 3, 2012

A lawsuit in which a woman claims she was permanently injured by an overdose of morphine at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany is set for trial next year.

According to a pending lawsuit, following intestinal surgery Angela Ryan of Mechanicville NY was transferred to a recovery area, where morphine was administered through a patient-controlled medication dispenser.  The suit alleges that hospital staff improperly programmed the dispenser, causing Ryan to receive an excessive amount of the drug.

As a result, Ryan sustained  “severe and permanent damages, including but not limited to pain and suffering an loss of enjoyment of life,” the complaint says.

Representing Ryan is the law firm Conway & Kirby of Niskayuna.  The hospital’s lawyers are listed in the legal papers as  D’Agostino, Krackeler, McGuire of Menands (now known as McGuire Cardona) of Menands. 

The case is set for trial on June 10, 2013 before Albany County Supreme Court Justice Eugene Devine.