16 Indiana students hospitalized after Community Health Network gave them insulin shots by mistake

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Sixteen Indiana students were taken to the hospital on Monday after they were injected with insulin by mistake during a tuberculosis skin test.
  • If a non-diabetic person was injected insulin, that individual can have low blood sugar that can cause sweating, nervousness, fainting and, in extreme cases, seizures, depending on the dosage.
  • The students were rushed to local hospitals for observation after being given a “small dosage” of insulin by Community Health Network personnel.

Sixteen students at McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology in Indianapolis were taken to the hospital on Monday after they were injected with insulin by mistake. The local high school was doing a tuberculosis skin test when the incident happened, according to school officials.

The students were rushed to local hospitals for observation after being given a “small dosage” of insulin by Community Health Network personnel, the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township said.

“They could have died, my daughter could have died. So yes, I’m very angry,” Lucille Knowles, whose daughter stayed at the hospital for five hours, told Fox 59.

“I just want to know how did this happen, why did you not pay attention … You did 16 kids, when you got to your 16th child, that’s when you realized it was a mistake?” Knowles continued.

If a non-diabetic person was injected insulin, that individual can become hypoglycemic — a state of abnormally low blood sugar. It can cause sweating, nervousness, fainting and, in extreme cases, seizures, depending on the dosage.

In a statement, District spokeswoman Dana Altemeyer said that they’re investigating to determine the cause of the error and “have full confidence that the events of today are isolated in nature and will be addressed swiftly by the Community Health Network.”

No details were given why the students were receiving the tuberculosis skin test.

Community Health Network also released a statement saying it’s “committed to patient safety and is working closely with MSD of Lawrence Township to determine the cause of error and evaluate processes.”

“The safety of the students in our care is top priority” and it’s “a privilege to partner with schools including MSD of Lawrence Township,” added the health care provider.

According to the school district’s website, it has teamed up with Community Health Network for eight years.

President of Community Physician Network John Kunzer told Fox 59 that as of Monday afternoon, all students were in good condition and some had already been released from the hospital.

Source: New York Post

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