Oklahoma: Insulin Injected Instead Of Flu Shots, 10 Hospitalised

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10 people were hospitalized in Oklahoma on the night on Nov 6 after mistakenly being injected with insulin instead of flu shots, investigations underway.

Written By Aanchal Nigam | Mumbai | Updated On:
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At least 10 people were hospitalized in Oklahoma on the night on November 6 after reportedly being injected with insulin instead of flu shots. Eight patients were from a residential facility for the service of intellectually and developmentally disabled people, while two were the employees from the care facility in Oklahoma. Local news reported that Bartlesville Police Chief said they found 'multiple unresponsive people'. The first call to 911 came at 4:30 pm for a person who had extremely low blood sugar level and the first responders saw a similarity in all the other cases. 

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'Medical misadventure'

The Police Chief reportedly said that he had never seen a 'medical misadventure' of this magnitude. All the people who were hospitalized were symptomatic, lying on the ground and needing immediate help, however, they were not able to communicate what kind of assistance would make the situation better. The 'outstanding' fire nad EMF department was able to identify the issue and took action immediately. The police official also said that the situation could have been worse, and the present situation itself is 'very tragic'.

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Unemployed pharmacist administered wrong shots

Reportedly, the Police Sergeant said that the pharmacist who administered the wrong shots was not employed by the care facility. Further investigations are underway in order to determine charges against which employees will be filed. Several patients were administered throughout Thursday because of the long-lasting insulin. The Police Chief had also said that he is interested in understanding how such an incident took place and is looking through the situation while hoping that all patients make a full recovery. The officials of Jane Phillips Hospitals said that all patients were treated and will soon be discharged. The Director of communications for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Tony D. Sellars reportedly said that his department is also reviewing the facility’s report on the incident. 

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(With inputs from agencies)

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