Baby may have been given mom's painkiller
STATE COLLEGE — A Central Pennsylvania nurse may have mistakenly given a newborn pain medication meant for the baby's mother, police said.
The baby's father claimed a nurse in the maternity ward at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College stopped by the day after the child was born last month to give a painkiller to the mother, who had a cesarean section, and to help her feed the infant, authorities say.
Police allege the nurse put the medicine in the wrong IV, the Centre Daily Times reported. The nurse was known to the couple only as Deb, and authorities are seeking records to identify her.
Court documents indicate the boy's father told police that the nurse left and did not return, and that he later learned she did not report the incident to her supervisor before leaving at the end of her shift.
The infant immediately tensed up but it was not until later that day, as the child continued to have breathing and temperature problems, that hospital staff learned from the father about the switched medication.
The baby was treated for four or five days at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, about 80 miles from State College, and recovered, according to a search warrant application.
Search warrants indicated police are considering endangerment and neglect charges.
A Mount Nittany spokeswoman told the paper the hospital is cooperating with the investigation and reviewing procedures to prevent similar errors.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- State senator seeks coverage numbers from 5 insurers
- Officials dissent on whether offices can prohibit, charge to photograph public record documents
- Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to sign order barring drilling of new oil, gas wells in state forests, parks
- Pennsylvania’s teacher pension system scores D plus, National Council on Teacher Quality says
- State court blocks release of emails between Freeh investigators, AG’s office
- Fight between cities, nonprofits flares in Pa. Senate
- Pittsburgh region relies heavily on part-time police officers
- Popular Super Bowl, March Madness traditions prohibited under state law
- Officials file to end lawsuit against Penn State, NCAA