Mediation Set in Suit That Claims Saline Solution Was Replaced With Alcohol

Mediation Set in Suit That Claims Saline Solution Was Replaced With AlcoholMediation has been set up for later this month as an attempt to resolve a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a family whose child allegedly died after being given alcohol instead of a saline solution.

According to Cincinnati.com, Scott and Emilie Meinardi say their 7-month-old was in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for heart surgery when staff mistakenly hooked the child up to an IV containing alcohol rather than saline. The mistake, which the hospital reportedly acknowledged when reporting the death to the coroner's office, caused the baby's organs to fail, leading to death.

The couple's medical malpractice attorney has said that they will be going into mediation seeking an explanation for the baby's death as well as a settlement of millions of dollars. 

"A strong component is closure, what happened and why it happened, and what they're going to do to make sure it doesn't happen again," he said.

According to MedicineNet.com, saline solution is adjusted to have the same salt concentration as human bodily fluids, and is used to treat or prevent dehydration during medical procedures.