A 69-year-old patient died after she was badly burned in a fire involving a defibrillator at a hospital in Kingwood, Texas. Denise Jill Asaro (69) of Cleveland had been hospitalized at HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood for COVID-19. Healthcare professionals were attempting to resuscitate her with a defibrillator when something caught on fire and caused a small explosion. The Houston police are looking into whether the defibrillator ignited something in the room as well as the presence of an open medical oxygen tank. Denise’s niece told KTRK-TV that her aunt’s entire upper torso was badly burned. She said, “I do believe there should be protocols in place. You want to make sure it never happens again.” It was a tragic month for the family, as Denise’s son died in June and her husband died from COVID-19 on Father’s Day.

The hospital began an internal investigation and released a statement that they are “not at liberty to discuss any specific details about the incident or the patient involved” because of their obligation to protect patient confidentiality.

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