BRAZIL: A 23-year-old nurse allegedly made a fatal mistake when she injected coffee and milk into the veins of an 80-year-old patient at a clinic in Rio de Janeiro.
The elderly lady died after the student nurse made the grave error, Medical Daily reported. The nurse even defended her mistake in a television interview, and said "anyone can get confused."
The nurse had only three days worth of experience and was still under training when the incident occurred. The patient died hours after the fluid was injected in her body.
According to Medical Daily, the nursing student told the media that she had not been trained in the procedure of administering the IV feed. She knew she was taking a risk.
"As they [the feed and blood drips] were next to each other, anyone can get confused," Telles told Brazilian TV Globo's Fantastico. "I injected the coffee, and I put it in the wrong place."
The nurse has been indicted for manslaughter along with another professional nurse who was on duty at that time. The milky coffee apparently travelled straight into the patient's heart after she was injected with it.
About half-a-glass of coffee was injected into the patient.