Almost a dozen staff and residents at an Oklahoma group home that cares for the developmentally disabled were hospitalized after receiving insulin instead of flu shots. Multiple patients at Jacquelyn House, a facility for people with intellectual disabilities, needed help. The facility serves intellectually and developmentally disabled people, according to the website of AbilityWorks, the company that owns the eight-resident site.
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've never seen where there's been some sort of medical misadventure to this magnitude", Roles said.
The shots were administered by a pharmacist who has been in practice for 40 years, police said, KOTV reports. "That's why I highly praise the fire and EMS staff for doing an exceptional job identifying the problem".
Reportedly, the Police Sergeant said that the pharmacist who administered the wrong shots was not employed by the care facility. The Police Chief had also said that he is interested in understanding how such an incident took place and is looking through the situation while hoping that all patients make a full recovery. "But again, it could have been a lot worse. Not to downplay wherever we are, but imagining of exactly where we could be, it certainly could have been very tragic".
An investigation was still underway on Thursday.
As of now, some of the patients have remained hospitalized at Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The Director of communications for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Tony D. Sellars reportedly said that his department is also reviewing the facility's report on the incident.