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September 18, 2014

Red Wing laundry reports no further remains in Regions stillborn case

The Minnesota laundry service that discovered the remains of a stillborn baby in hospital linens said Saturday that no other remains have been found at its facility, the AP reports.

Crothall Healthcare in Red Wing made the statement after Regions Hospital in St. Paul announced the remains of a second stillborn baby were missing. Crothall says the hospital is reviewing the laundry over the weekend in hopes of recovering the missing stillborn baby.

Officials with Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities said Friday that that they believe the remains of a second stillborn infant were sent to the laundry in Red Wing, WCCO-TV reports.

The announcement by the hospital comes three days after police officials said the remains of a stillborn infant — 22 weeks of gestational age — were found in linens delivered from Regions Hospital to Crothall Laundry in Red Wing.

MPR reported the body of that baby mistakenly came from the hospital’s morgue.

On Friday, Regions chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care Chris Boese said the remains of a stillborn baby with a gestational age of 19 weeks were also accidentally sent to the wrong location, WCCO reported.

“As we investigated, our records indicated that there should have been another set of remains in the same location,” said Chris Boese said in a news release. “We have now ruled out that those remains went to the funeral home or to another location. A tragic human error was made and we believe both sets of remains were mistaken as empty linens and placed in the laundry at the same time by a hospital worker.”

Regions CEO Brock Nelson said the hospital has reached out to the family of the second infant and said there “are no words to describe how deeply saddened we are and how sorry we are for this terrible mistake.”

The hospital has made immediate changes to their processes and procedure following the incident, Nelson said.

Among the changes are improved visual identification and tracking process, as well as added security and supervision in that section of Regions, the CEO said.