RNs - Indiana

H1N1 flu suspected in nurse’s death

Associated Press, November 2, 2009 Evansville – An Evansville hospital is awaiting tests to confirm whether a southwest Indiana nurse who died was ill with swine flu. Fifty-three-year-old Danna Fortune of Boonville died Friday at Saint Mary’s Medical Center, more than a week after being admitted with flu-like symptoms. Hospital spokesman Rick Peltier told the Evansville Courier & Press there are no indications Fortune had been in contact with any patients hospitalized with the H1N1 influenza. She was a nurse in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. A middle-aged woman died last week of flu-related illness in Allen County, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health announced Friday.

How did three nurses make drug administration errors?

Mariann Pitzer, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Star, September 26, 2006
As a mother, my heart aches for the families of the babies who died at Methodist Hospital. I am also a registered nurse, and my gut aches for the medical staff involved in the events. I must ask how it is that five nurses, not just one, made this error when the cardinal rule in administering a medication is: First, read the label on the vial as you pick it up; second, read the label on the vial as you draw up the medication; and finally, read the label on the vial as you replace it in the drawer. Copyright 2006 IndyStar.com. All rights reserved

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