Medical News Summary: Diabetic injected with wrong medication in a nursing home


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About: Diabetic injected with wrong medication in a nursing home
Date: 24 November 2004
Source: The News-Sentinel
Author: Jennifer L. Boen
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by The News-Sentinel): A nursing home was cited by state and federal nursing home surveyors for failing to meet professional standards after a nurse injected a female patient with medication which should have been given orally. The nurse made the error with Mucomyst which is an inhalant medication to treat lung mucus but it can be taken orally or through a feeding tube. The patient is a diabetic who receives insulin injections and because the Mucomyst was in a vial similar to that of insulin, she assumed it was to be injected. The woman suffered the formation of an abscess at the injection site and required hospital treatment. The nurse involved and all other nurses will receive additional training due to the incident.
URL: http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/fortwayne/news/local/10263564.htm
Related Disease Topics: Diabetes

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