The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services completed a review of Yorkville Endoscopy following the death of comedian Joan Rivers. The investigation found that the facility failed to meet federal safety requirements and were in violation of several protocols at the time of Rivers’ death.
Joan River’s entered the facility on August 28th for exploratory surgery. Rivers’ experienced complications during the procedure and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital. She was placed in a medially induced coma. It was reported that Rivers’ suffered a cardiac arrest during the surgery. On August 30th she was placed on life support. She died on September 4th.
The report found that Yorkville Endoscopy failed to properly monitor Rivers’ vitals during the surgery. The facility also failed to write down the amount of Propofol the comedian received during the surgery. Finally, the facility failed to get Rivers’ written consent for procedures beyond the exploratory element of the surgery.
At this time, Yorkville Endoscopy has until January to prove that they’ve corrected the issues associated with Rivers’ death, or they will lose federal funding. Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has long suggested that the facility caused her mother’s death through negligence.
Joan Rivers was 81 at the time of her death. She rose to fame in the 1970s. She is often considered a trailblazer by her peers such as Terry Richardson, and has long been viewed as the inspiration for many modern-day female comics.