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Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Jr., a Texas anesthesiologist, was arrested in Plano, Texas, on criminal charges related to allegedly injecting nerve blocking and bronchodilation drugs into patient IV bags at a local surgical centre, resulting in at least one death.
Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Jr is 59 years old.
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An anesthesiologist is facing federal charges in Texas, where investigators allege he tampered with intravenous bags, causing the death of a Dallas physician.
People confirm with local authorities that Dr Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz, Jr. stands accused of tampering with an IV at Baylor Scott and White Surgicare in North Dallas.
On Wednesday, Ortiz was arrested in Plano on suspicion of allegedly contaminating IV bags, according to WFAA. He remains in custody, and it was unclear if a bond had been set.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Ortiz had his license suspended by the Texas Medical Board after allegedly being seen on surveillance video placing IV bags in a warmer outside the operating room just before patients suffered unexpected medical issues during routine surgeries.
Tiny holes were also discovered in the IV bags, which also contained bupivacaine, a drug used to treat localized pain, according to WXAS-TV.
According to the reports, the tainted IV bags contributed to cardiac arrests in several patients.
One of his colleagues is also believed to have died because of his alleged actions.
On June 21, Dr Melanie Kaspar took home an IV bag to rehydrate during an illness. But the bag had allegedly been tampered with, and Kaspar later fell ill, had a heart attack and died, according to the reports.
Medical examiners determined that Kaspar’s death was caused by accidental bupivacaine toxicity.
Ortiz has not been charged in connection with Kaspar’s death.
Ortiz is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, where he will likely be asked to enter a plea. Information on his attorney was unavailable at press time.
WXAS-TV reports that Ortiz has been a doctor since 1991.
Ortiz was previously disciplined by the Texas Medical Board after a patient nearly died in his care during a 2020 procedure.
WXAS-TV, NBC-DFW and WFAA report he spent 25 days in jail after being convicted of animal cruelty in 2016. The charge stemmed from an incident where he shot his neighbour’s dog with a pellet gun.