Nurse's error kills Calif. cancer patient

Sept. 27, 2011 at 6:39 PM
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OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A California cancer patient died after a nurse mistakenly administered a nutritional supplement through a catheter into her bloodstream, officials said.

Judith Ming, 66, died Saturday while being treated for ovarian cancer at Oakland's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. A nurse brought in as a replacement worker during a one-day walkout by the hospital's nurses mistakenly put the nutritional supplement in Ming's bloodstream when it should have been inserted into a catheter in her stomach, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

The nurse, whose name was not released, was one of about 500 nurses brought into the hospital when the California Nurses Association held a strike Thursday. By contract, the replacement nurses were kept on staff at the hospital for five days.

The nurse, who was employed by Advanced Clinical Employment Staffing in Oneonta, Ala., was "100 percent credentialed," one source said.

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