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Lawsuit Alleges That Nurse Swapped Tap Water for Fentanyl, Killing Patient at Oregon Hospital

A nurse at an Oregon hospital allegedly replaced pain medication with nonsterile tap water, introducing bacteria into a patient’s bloodstream that led to his death, a lawsuit filed this week alleges.

The patient, Horace Wilson, was admitted to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford with a lacerated spleen and broken ribs after he fell off a ladder in January 2022, the complaint says. As he recovered from multiple operations in the intensive care unit, Wilson’s treatment team noticed “unexplained high fevers, very high white blood cell counts, and a precipitous decline,” the suit says. He died in the hospital on Feb. 25, 2022.

“He was only 65, good health — so he should have been able to recover from this,” said Justin Idiart, the attorney who filed the lawsuit.

Read the source article at NBC News

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