Drug Mix-Up Sends 10 to the Hospital

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 8, 2019

Almost 10 people at a northeastern Oklahoma group home were taken to the hospital after being given insulin instead of flu shots.

According to KJRH, the incident involved nine people - seven residents and two employees at the Jacquelyn House, an intellectual disability care facility in Bartlesville.

Police say that most of the patients could not speak or could not walk, making it hard for EMS staff to identify what had gone wrong. "Many of them are not vocal and not able to walk".

"All these people are symptomatic, lying on the ground, needing help, but can't communicate what they need", Police Chief Tracy Roles explained.

It is unclear what caused insulin to be administered instead of the flu shot, but police called it an accident, according to KTUL.

"I can't say enough about how good of a job the fire department and the EMS staff did containing the situation, controlling the situation, and doing what they needed to do to put the patients in the best possible position for recovery", Roles told News 6.

"I have never seen where there has been some kind of medical misfortune at this magnitude", Roles said. The police official also said that the situation could have been worse, and the present situation itself is "very tragic". 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.

"There is no reason to suggest at this time that the installation should have had a reasonable suspicion that this type of error would occur or be avoidable on its part". Further investigations are underway in order to determine charges against which employees will be filed.

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