NEW YORK, New York – A federal investigation into the death of comedian Joan Rivers shows a series of fatal failures at the New York City clinic where Rivers went for what should have been routine procedures.
The report quotes a staff member as saying “maybe Patient #1 would like to see this in the recovery area."
The report does not mention rivers by name, referring only to Patient #1.
Among the other failures cited by the report:
The failure to continuously monitor the patient’s vital signs, which deteriorated throughout the procedure;
Failure to provide consistent documentation on how much of the sedative Propofol the patient received;
Failed to ensure protection of patient rights;
Failed to get the patient’s informed consent for the procedures; and
Failed to make sure the physician treating the patient had privileges to practice at the clinic.
Yorkville Endoscopy released a statement, saying in part that it “immediately submitted and implemented a plan of correction that addressed all issues raised.”
Lawyers for Melissa Rivers say she’s going to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.
Sounds like a lot of lawyers are going to make a lot of money before the curtain closes on Joan Rivers’ final act.