10 hospitalized in Oklahoma after insulin administered instead of flu shots

Maricruz Casares
Noviembre 8, 2019

Almost 10 people at a northeastern Oklahoma group home were taken to the hospital after being given insulin instead of flu shots. Health professionals were administering what they thought were flu shots at Jacquelyn House, a facility for people with disabilities, according to Bartlesville Police and Fire Department. The facility serves intellectually and developmentally disabled people, according to the website of AbilityWorks, the company that owns the eight-resident site.

"EMS and fireplace crews arrived ... and discovered not 1 unresponsive man or woman, but various unresponsive people today", Law enforcement Main Tracy Roles told KTUL. Roles praised the fire department and EMS, which contained the situation.

The individual who gave the pictures was a pharmacist in apply for 40 many years, News 6 noted.

Authorities said they believe the pharmacist administering the shots mixed up a vial of flu vaccine with a vial of insulin and administered the insulin instead. 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.

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Several remained hospitalized Thursday due to the long-acting insulin that was administered, police said.

"I have never seen where there has been some kind of medical misfortune at this magnitude", Roles said. "But again, it could have been much worse". But, officials said the patients will have to stay in the hospital for a few days. "Not to downplay where we are, but thinking about where we could be, it could certainly have been very, very tragic".

"There is no reason to suggest at this point that the facility should have had a reasonable suspicion that this sort of error would occur or be preventable on their part", Sellars said.

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