Patient Safety, Patient Stories

A Nursing Error Led to My Son’s Unexpected Death

This is the story of how the unmonitored use of patient-controlled analgesia and nursing errors led to the unexpected death of a mother’s only child (and how it might have been prevented).

By Victoria Ireland

On Saturday, the 5th of November, 2011, my life fell apart when my only son Tyler left this world.

One week before that, on the morning of the 28th of October, I received a phone call that no mother ever wants to receive. I was asked to go immediately to the hospital. And when I arrived, I was told that Tyler was found unresponsive and had suffered two cardiac arrests. I never got to speak to Tyler again.

Those days will forever be etched in my memory. While my heart will always ache from the loss of Tyler, I am telling his story in the hope that it will help prevent similar tragedies and that no parent will have to endure the pain of losing their child to nursing errors and unmonitored use of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps.

Read the full story on The Doctor Weighs In here.

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Dr. Salber is the founder and host of The Doctor Weighs In (, which provides leading news in health, healthcare, and innovation. She is a board certified internist and emergency physician who loves to write about almost everything in healthcare, but particularly digital health innovations.  She is CEO of Health Tech Hatch (, a company that helps young health tech companies tell their story to the world via video and radio interviews and blog posts. She is a frequent guest on television news shows, with appearances including Fox Business News, Newsmax, Al Jazeera America, ABC, and Anderson Cooper 360. Read More