Report: Woman Needs Hysterectomy Following Botched Abortion at Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge, La.

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By Louisiana Right to Life, July 30, 2019

Louisiana Right to Life Report:

Institutional Negligence at Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge Leads to Woman Needing Hysterectomy Following Botched Abortion

Owner and Doctors Must Be Held Accountable for Consistent Violations of Health and Safety Regulations

March 15 Incident at Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge: No IV Fluids On Site to Stabilize the Patient

Emergency services were called to the outpatient abortion facility Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge on March 15, 2019, because an abortion patient was bleeding profusely and the facility did not have adequate emergency supplies on hand, such as IV fluids, to stabilize their patient, according to a report obtained through an Open Records Request from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).  This incident led to LDH placing the facility under Immediate Jeopardy and fining the facility a number of Class B and Class C violations, resulting in $2,600 in fines.

After the patient was transferred to a Baton Rouge hospital, the complications resulted in the patient requiring a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy, removal of both fallopian tubes, for postoperative hemorrhage. Louisiana law requires that Outpatient Abortion Facilities (OAF) have medical equipment and medications for basic life support, including IV fluids, until emergency medical services arrive. The necessary medications were not provided by Delta Clinic, and upon arrival at the hospital, the patient received four units of blood over the course of three days.

July 2018 Survey by LDH of Delta Clinic: Appropriate Nursing Staff “Too Expensive” for Mr. Brinkley

In a previous review of the Delta Clinic in July 2018, LDH found that the facility failed to provide patients with adequate nursing staff. For example, Delta’s “Director of Nursing” only worked on site at Delta four days out of the month. The LDH report indicates that the Medical Director of Delta informed the President of Delta, identified by the Secretary of State’s website as Leroy T. Brinkley, of this situation, but Mr. Brinkley declined to address the problem because “it was too expensive.” Mr. Brinkley was provided with a proposed hiring package but declined to add necessary staffing. Delta Clinic proceeded to perform 10-12 abortions on procedure day until the Department of Health intervened. ….