St. Cloud Hospital suspends nurse after 23 inadvertently infected

  1. 0 A St. Cloud Hospital nurse is suspended pending an investigation into claims that the nurse inadvertently introduced bacterial infections into 23 patients while stealing pain medication from patients’ IV bags for personal use.

    The 23 patients were in one, unidentified unit of the hospital at various times between October and early March and were treated for the resulting symptoms, the most common of which was fever. Those patients have been released from the hospital, although one had to be readmitted for symptoms related to the infection.

    A criminal investigation is under way involving the Drug Enforcement...

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    Last edit by brian on Mar 17, '11
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  4. Visit  Flo. profile page
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    So sad.
  5. Visit  sevensonnets profile page
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    Inadvertent? That implies the nurse didn't know she was exposing patients to infection. The nurse knew the risks and did it anyway.
    jmiraRN, CCL RN, Orange Tree, and 6 others like this.
  6. Visit  eriksoln profile page
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    These incidents are becoming much too commonplace. Something should be done. Is this the image of nursing we want the general public to have?
    jmiraRN, lindarn, lmferrrentino, and 1 other like this.
  7. Visit  Moogie profile page
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    Inadvertent? I don't think so. He/she was stealing drugs and exposed these folks to air-borne pathogens. Sevensonnets is right. This nurse knew what he/she was doing and exposed the patients anyway.
    jmiraRN, sevensonnets, azhiker96, and 2 others like this.
  8. Visit  klone profile page
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    I think "inadvertant" is correctly - she did not knowingly set out to cause infection in these individuals. Therefore, the infections were "inadvertant."

    If she had been using used, dirty syringes to do it, then I could argue that it wasn't inadvertant.
    mmm333, tablefor9, Mrs. SnowStormRN, and 5 others like this.
  9. Visit  lperkrn profile page
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    so shameful that one can be licensed, drug seeking and put people's lives at risk.
    mmm333, Conqueror+, sevensonnets, and 1 other like this.
  10. Visit  RNvampire profile page
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    I hope that's all she exposed them to...hopefully not one of the incurable H's!
  11. Visit  mehitabela profile page
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    Definitely not inadvertent. Better to call it premeditated ( or premedicated in this case) collateral damage.
    sevensonnets likes this.
  12. Visit  lmferrrentino profile page
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    This is absolutely unacceptable! Nurses and drug abuse is beginigto reach almost every single community across the United States. This is not nursing, this is a sad case of addicts. How is this happenign so often? Actually the question needs to be WHY?
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    Quote from lmferrrentino
    This is absolutely unacceptable! Nurses and drug abuse is beginigto reach almost every single community across the United States. This is not nursing, this is a sad case of addicts. How is this happenign so often? Actually the question needs to be WHY?
    Quote from lperkrn
    so shameful that one can be licensed, drug seeking and put people's lives at risk.
    Quote from Moogie
    Inadvertent? I don't think so. He/she was stealing drugs and exposed these folks to air-borne pathogens. Sevensonnets is right. This nurse knew what he/she was doing and exposed the patients anyway.

    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...al-536179.html


    If you are wondering why this sort of thing is becoming so common, look at the reaction to the suggestion that drug addicts face the music when they divert drugs.

    I said it before, I'll say it again........................diverting drugs should be a "one strike you are out" offense. Stories like this one would be less common.
    lindarn, RNgrrl09, sevensonnets, and 1 other like this.
  14. Visit  BabyRN2Be profile page
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    This just hit me in the gut. People trust licensed professionals to ease their pain and send them on the road to good health. Instead, these people have been exposed to bacteria which might make their conditions worse (severity would highly depend on what unit these patients were in at the time). It's sad to see patients lose trust in the nursing profession just because one junkie needed a fix - NOW.

    Question: the article mentioned it was pain meds in IV bags. Did by chance they meant PCA's?
    lindarn likes this.
  15. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page
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    The headline implies that she was only suspended because she caused an infection. So, if she had stolen the meds using sterile technique it would have been okay?
    There is a special place in Hell for nurses like this.
    lindarn, sevensonnets, hiddencatRN, and 3 others like this.


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