Report shows series of failures at Joan Rivers clinic

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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.

A 22-page report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found a list of possible failures, including a staff member taking a cell phone photo of rivers while she was sedated.

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.