Student Nurse kills patient w/ excuse "Anyone can get confused" after admin coffee IV

  1. "A student nurse who mistakenly injected coffee into the veins of an 80-year-old patient who died hours later has defended herself by saying "anyone can get confused."

    Rejane Moreira Telles, 23, said she had just three days of work experience in the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, clinic when she mixed up administering a drip to Palmerina Pires Ribeiro."

    Talk about a failure to take personal responsibility for one's actions...and I thought I'd heard all the excuses as to why something was/wasn't done!
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  4. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Who puts coffee with milk in a feeding tube? is just as a valid question. Apparenlty she "confused" the lines (IV vs. feeding)
  5. by   GPatty
    Holy moly.....
  6. by   aileenve
    just when you think you have heard it all...
  7. by   just_cause
    This is another example of how beneficial tubing / equipment is that helps prevent these types of mistakes~

    An 80-year-old patient in a Rio de Janeiro clinic died after a student nurse accidentally injected coffee into her veins, Medical Daily reported. The nurse, 23-year-old Rejane Moreira Telles, defended her mistake in a television interview, saying "anyone can get confused."Telles had only three days of experience at the clinic before the incident. She accidentally administered an intravenous drip filled with coffee and milk to Palmerina Pires Riberio, who died hours after the fluid was injected in her body.According to Medical Daily, Telles told reporters she knew of the risks before administering the feed. However, she claimed she hadn't been trained in the procedure."As they [the feed and blood drips] were next to each other, anyone can get confused," Telles told Brazilian TV Globo's Fantastico. "I injected the coffee, and I put it in the wrong place."Telles, two nurses and another student have been indicted for manslaughter. Doctors told Globo's Fantastico that through the IV feed, the coffee would have traveled straight to Ribeiro's heart and lungs.Ribeiro's daughter, Loreni Ribeiro, said she witnessed the incident."I saw my mother was agitated, she opened her mouth, and this youngster put coffee with milk into the veins of my mother. Half a glass," Loreni said

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  8. by   Sun0408
    Im sorry but how in the hell does something like coffee and milk get injected into someone. The student states she injected it in the wrong place, so where was it supposed to go?? smh....
  9. by   just_cause
    Yeah.. I'm 'assuming' some enteral feeds were near by.. now why coffee was being added... is another mystery.
    Emphasis on student
  10. by   not.done.yet
    Ummmm........ o.O
  11. by   CrunchRN
    Yikes. Into the IV? That must have been awful for the poor patient.
  12. by   JeanettePNP
    I do not understand why coffee was being fed via G-tube. was it meant to be for an enema?
  13. by   RNsRWe
    Apparently in Brazil they like their coffee so much they put it into a feeding tube?!? And with milk yet....does it "taste" better that way?

    I saw the topic line and thought this was going to be a joke or cartoon.....
  14. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from Jeanette73
    I do not understand why coffee was being fed via G-tube. was it meant to be for an enema?
    Good Lord, you'd hope someone would know whether she was supposed to be feeding a patient or giving her an enema, right?

    No....I don't think that was the snag.

    Gotta love "anyone can make a mistake". Uhhhh......yeah. This is just like the time I forgot to close the windows in my car before it rained....oh, wait....I didn't KILL anyone in the process.

    BTW: first it says "student nurse" then it says "nurse". Later it says "trainee nurse". Anyone know if that means student in nurse.....orientee?

    Victim's daughter also refers to the young woman in question as a "youngster" like she's a wayward kid.
    Last edit by RNsRWe on Nov 1, '12 : Reason: afterthought