Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz, Jr.’s medical license was temporarily suspended, the Texas Medical Board informed CBS 11 on Friday evening, based on information obtained from federal law enforcement in a case involving Ortiz.
According to a press release from the Board, Ortiz’ continued use of medication “poses a continuing hazard to the public welfare.” The suspension is in effect right away and will last until the Board takes additional action.
The Texas Medical Board was informed in court documents that Ortiz is the focus of an ongoing criminal investigation relating to “serious cardiac complications and one patient’s death” related to his time as an anesthesiologist at Baylor Scott & White Surgicare North Dallas facility from May through September of this year.
According to documents, Ortiz was captured on security film at the location dropping individual IV bags into a warmer in the hallway outside operating rooms. The saline solutions inside the IV bags are maintained at specific temperatures using a warmer. Documents show that soon after he placed the IV bags in the warmer, a patient would experience a significant problem.
Both Ortiz and Baylor Scott & White have been contacted by CBS 11. The safety of the people we serve remains our first priority, thus Baylor Scott & White issued the following statement: “We will continue to limit our statements as we support authorities in their investigation.”
Ortiz told CBS 11 that he did nothing and that he was “really devastated.”
According to a Dallas lawyer, more patients are coming forward to ask what might have happened to them at a nearby hospital.
Four patients who claim they experienced cardiac arrest during routine procedures at Baylor Scott & White Surgicare North Dallas off Coit Road, according to Bruce Steckler, have contacted him.
The facility claimed that after learning that an IV bag may have been compromised, it alerted the authorities. The Team was informed by a spokesman that recent patients had been contacted.
An 18-year-old boy’s parents, according to Steckler, got in touch with him. Hours after the young man entered the North Texas surgery facility for a regular rhinoplasty procedure, Steckler shared a photo of him to the I-Team.
The youngster is shown in the picture in an ICU at another hospital while using a ventilator.
He was transported to another hospital nearby where he recovered five days later, according to his parents, who told the I-Team, “The concept we could take our healthy, lively 18-year-old in for a routine surgery, and 90 minutes in be informed that he had 50/50 prospects of survival is nightmare.”
Investigators informed the parents that their son might have received a tainted IV bag, according to Steckler. According to the I-Team, authorities have not confirmed this.
Three more patients have also contacted Steckler since the story on the 18-year-old emerged, he told the I-Team.
They are all under 25 years old, according to Steckler. They were all in good health. They expected to leave Baylor Scott & White Surgicare after normal procedures and went there with that expectation.
Instead, each one experienced cardiac arrests while in discomfort on the surgery table, according to Steckler. All the negative incidents, according to him, happened between May and August of this year.
The other patients’ identities have not been made public by Steckler. He said that everyone lived.
Naturally, Steckler expressed his desire that the FDA, US Attorney’s office, or whoever is doing the investigation will discover the truth about what had occurred. I also hope the hospital conducts a thorough investigation into what happened and whether checks and balances were present or absent.
The FDA and Dallas police are both looking into the matter. None of them have responded to CBS 11.