10 hospitalized after insulin administered instead of flu shots

Grant Boone
November 8, 2019

Ten people at a group care facility in Oklahoma were hospitalized after they were mistakenly injected with insulin instead of the flu shot.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is investigating Jacquelyn House's handling of the matter, said Tony D. Sellars, their director of communications.

Police explained that numerous people from Jacquelyn House were transferred to Jane Phillips Healthcare facility, treated and "will before long be introduced", News 6 claimed.

In a statement, company that owns Jacquelyn House confirmed that a contract pharmacist went to the facility give flu shots to residents and employees. "It is our understanding the investigation into the cause of the reactions to the injections is presently being conducted by local authorities".

"I've never seen where there's been some sort of medical misadventure to this magnitude", said Roles.

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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.

Roles continued, "All these people are symptomatic, lying on the ground, needing help, but can't communicate what they need", Roles said, then added praise for the emergency services staff for "identifying the problem".

The shots were administered by a pharmacist who has been in practice for 40 years, police said, KOTV reports.

First responders on the scene said that numerous patients had extremely low blood sugar, and all were sent to the hospital. "But again, it could have been a lot worse. Not to downplay where we are, but thinking of where we could be, it certainly could have been very tragic".

"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".

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