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Ten People Hospitalized After Receiving Insulin Instead of Flu Shot

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Waukegan personal injury attorneyInfluenza is a highly contagious viral infection that is often called “the flu.” An influenza infection can range in severity from mild to moderate. Some people get the flu and are able to recover on their own in a relatively short amount of time. Other people get the flu and die from the illness. In order to help prevent the spread of influenza, many people take a flu vaccine. Ten people from a facility for the intellectually disabled had to be rushed to the hospital after a medical mistake resulted in them receiving insulin instead of the flu. It is not known at this time whether or not the victims of this mistake will file medical malpractice claims or not.

Disabled Patients Given Insulin Instead of a Vaccine

Staff at the Oklahoma care facility in which the outrageous mix-up occurred decided that they wanted to provide flu shots for patients and employees. They contacted an experienced pharmacist who was not affiliated with the facility to administer flu vaccines. Unfortunately, the pharmacist accidentally administered insulin to the patients and staff instead of the influenza vaccine. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar and is usually only given to individuals with diabetes. Receiving too much insulin can cause a person’s blood sugar to plummet – sometimes to fatal levels. While the victims of this medical mistake are expected to recover, the situation could have been much worse. Police chief Tracy Roles explained that “it could certainly have been very, very tragic.”

Medical Malpractice Is Shockingly Common

Unfortunately, this mix-up is not an isolated incident. In fact, an almost identical mistake was made at a school in Indianapolis. In September, 16 students received insulin instead of a tuberculosis skin test. Adverse drug events cause approximately 1 million emergency department visits every year. One study estimates that preventable medication errors cost almost $21 billion annually. Medical mistakes like these should not happen.

If you or a loved one were victims of medical negligence, a medical malpractice claim may be able to help you recover compensation for your damages. You may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, you or your loved one’s pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a Waukegan Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you or a loved one were harmed by a medical mistake, contact a skilled Lake County personal injury attorney from Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. for help. Call our office at 847-662-3303 today to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5016741/

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/insulin-overdose#od-symptoms

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/07/us/oklahoma-flu-shot-mix-up/index.html

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