10 hospitalized in Oklahoma after insulin administered instead of flu shots

  • 10 hospitalized in Oklahoma after insulin administered instead of flu shots

10 hospitalized in Oklahoma after insulin administered instead of flu shots

In an alarming medical mishap in Oklahoma, police say ten people were accidentally given insulin instead of the flu shot.

In a statement, company that owns Jacquelyn House confirmed that a contract pharmacist went to the facility give flu shots to residents and employees.

Eight residents and two employees were transported by ambulance to the hospital.

"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.

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. "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".

Reportedly, the Police Sergeant said that the pharmacist who administered the wrong shots was not employed by the care facility. Local news reported that Bartlesville Police Chief said they found "multiple unresponsive people".

Several remained hospitalized Thursday due to the long-acting insulin that was administered, police said. "But again, it could have been much worse". Not to minimize where we are, but to think where we could be, it certainly could have been very tragic. The officials of Jane Phillips Hospitals said that all patients were treated and will soon be discharged.

Tony D. Sellars, director of communications for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, said his agency will review the facility's report on the incident "to determine if we need to follow up or if their action was sufficient".