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Nurse Swapped Painkiller with Saltwater

Nurse Swapped Painkiller with Saltwater

The Denver Post

November 07, 2008

About 200 former surgery patients at Boulder Community Hospital have been told they may have been given saltwater instead of a painkiller, 9News reported Thursday night.

The hospital and Boulder police are investigating a nurse the hospital says was stealing the powerful drug Fentanyl. A hospital spokesman told 9News the nurse had been replacing the drug in the vial with sterile saline.

The hospital said 50 vials were pilfered between Sept. 24 and Oct. 17. The nurse was fired Oct. 24, but he has not been formally charged by police, the television station reported.

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