August 29, 2014
Eight fetal deaths since February at Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon appear to be unrelated, according to an internal investigation.
While the number is higher than past years, a hospital committee
found the circumstances for each case were unique.
"Our committee found no trends or common factors relating to
the deaths," said Rhonda Carey, director of quality-risk
management for the hospital.
"This appears to be an unusual anomaly," added Dr. Galen
Reimer, chairman of the OB-GYN pediatrics medical staff committee.
Other hospitals also have reported an unusually high number of
fetal deaths in the past, officials said.
Three of the cases involved strangulation from the umbilical
cord. A mother's congenital defect was blamed for another death.
Methamphetamine use might have caused another death.