Police to Investigate ICU Deaths in Curitiba, Brazil, Hospital, Suspect Irregularities

Posted on February 21, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Health, Social Issues

On February 21, 2013, Gazeta do Povo reported that civil police in Curitiba will investigate the deaths of patients since 2006 at Curitiba’s General Evangelical Hospital on suspicions that the Chief of Medicine at the time, Virginia Helena Soares de Souza, made decisions to cut off life support without consent.  To clarify, a police spokesperson said the investigation is not suggesting euthanasia, but rather negligence.  The Curitiba hospital has 62 beds available in its unit, with its general unit holding just 25 of those beds.  De Souza’s defense attorney, Elias Mattar Assad, says the doctor holds an administrative spot, but her role is not a bureaucratic one; rather, her job is to provide expertise and management to the unit.  Read Article

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