BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Ten people in Oklahoma care facility for people with intellectual disabilities were hospitalized after allegedly receiving insulin instead of flu vaccines, authorities said. Emergency workers were summoned Wednesday to Jacquelyn House in Bartlesville, about 40 miles north of Tulsa, on a report from an unresponsive person and found "several unresponsive individuals," said Bartlesville police chief Tracy Roles.
The facility had signed a contract with an experienced pharmacist The influenza vaccine, said Roles, but all received injections of what one considers to be insulin instead. According to Roles, the pharmacist works with the police, but the investigators believe that it is an accident.
The eight residents and two employees were taken to a hospital in Bartlesville, and the officers said they were either released or would soon be released.
] "I have never seen any kind of medical mishap on this scale," said Roles. "It could have been worse, not playing down where we are but thinking about where we are could certainly be very tragic."
A similar mishap occurred in September in Indianapolis when 1
Insulin is typically given to people with diabetes, a condition in which the blood sugar level is too high. According to the Mayo Clinic, side effects of excessive insulin injection include sweating, nervousness, hunger and irritability.