"FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (KSAX) - Heidi S___ of Elizabeth was charged with theft and neglect after allegedly stealing nine painkiller patches from nursing home patients while working as a nursing assistant in Fergus Falls.
S___, 30, faces five felonies and four gross misdemeanors after she admitted to taking the Duragesic patches from four mentally and physically impaired patients at the Broen Memorial Home.
Staff members said they began to notice the missing patches, that contain the powerful narcotic, Fentanyl, last Oct. and the trend continued through Jan., following Soland's work shifts.
"We monitored when we placed them and when we take them off ... noticed that some were taken off when they weren't supposed to be," Broen Administrator John Zwiers said. "We came up with one suspect, and we called the police."
"This medication is for people's use, and they need it for their pain medication. And if you take that away for your wrong use, they're not getting what they need," Zwiers said.
Otter Tail County Attorney David Hauser said a theft and criminal neglect charge were given to Soland for each victimized patient, along with a possession charge of the drug.
"We believe these were four separate incidents, that should each victim deserves the respect of having charges associated with what was perpetrated upon them."
But S___ did not show up for her court hearing Monday, and could face more criminal charges.
"The court has issued a warrant, so if she's out there and hearing this, she does have to come in and deal with this," Hauser said.
Zwiers said S___ no longer works at the home and that he's happy with the prosecution.
"We are moving forward so that other people can't be hurt in the same way by this person, (Soland)."
"Every once in awhile, someone comes in and abuses their position, and it's unfortunate, but it doesn't happen a lot," Hauser said.
"In my 10 years, this is the first time that we've had somebody taking drugs like this," Zwiers said. "(People) stealing narcotic drugs will be prosecuted, and I think that people need to know that. And that is the way that we can stop it from moving forward in the future."
S____ faces up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 fine.
Written for the web by Joe Nelson.
*searched on Thursday, April 7th 2011 as I accidentally got poked by a "finger prick needle" (that draws blood for various medical purposes: measuring sugar for diabetics) at my workplace while I was taking the trash out. I immediately googled and found the following sites (down below) and called the local hospital to get a blood test (by Laura-nurse at the Lab; Secretary-Megan; Phone-)
"The potential for exposure to diseases such as hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) through needle stick injuries is high for certain workers, especially medical staff and health care workers. Indeed, it is estimated that some 600,000 to 800,000 needle stick injuries occur in US health care workers every year. People involved in jobs such as garbage removal, cleaning, housekeeping, tattoo artists, catering, etc., are also at risk of being pricked by a syringe or needles thrown on the street, in bedding, in bathrooms etc.
A needle stick injury can happen as easily as accidentally pricking a finger with a contaminated needle. The use of precautionary latex gloves can minimize exposure to disease but there is no guarantee that a needle stick injury won't occur in any field of work.
If a needle stick injury occurs, it is vital to follow precautionary measures. This article explains how to respond to a needle stick injury, especially for workers most prone to the possibility....
1-Encourage bleeding at the site of injury. This means trying to squeeze out the excess blood and to encourage bleeding. This is done so that infected on site entry of the virus is minimized and expelled out of the body, rather than encouraging entry into the bloodstream. Once the virus enters your bloodstream, it will start to sero-convert and multiply. (See below for a definition of "sero-conversion".) ...
2-Do not panic. If you follow the protocols rigidly and correctly, sero-conversion is not likely to occur. Sero-conversion simply means that infected blood mixes with your own, contaminates it and all your blood now gets infected with HIV over a period of time. Scientists have proven that sero-conversion due to needle stick injuries for HIV is about 0.03 percent. This percentage is extremely low and preventative prophylactic medication will greatly decrease the possibility of infection. On the other hand, the risk for hepatitis transference is much higher (about 30% for Hepatitis B and about 10% for Hepatitis C), so swift action is essential, as well as preventative measures (i.e., being vaccinated against Hepatitis).....
"..my friend is taking classes to be a nurse. he was helping a patient and got a needle stuck into in hand. the man he was helping is old and is in the nursing home. my question is are the older people the ones with the STD’s & HIV? and can he get anything else that is dangerous?..
he needs to report to employee health immediately.
the source patient has to be tested for HBV, HCV and HIV.
if he is positive for any of these, appropriate and immediate treatment can be given to the nurse who got stuck.
this is NOT something that should wait until the next day — if he potentially was exposed to HIV, he needs to have medications in his stomach in minutes – - not days...
Related Sites: Symptoms of HIV Seroconversion
ehow.com "..Understanding the process of HIV seroconversion and the symptoms are key factors in early detection and treatment of HIV infection. This article will first explain what seroconversion is, and then outline the symptoms of seroconversion. If you are exposed to HIV and exhibit any of these symptoms within the first 2-6 weeks of exposure, visit your doctor immediately..
The symptoms of acute HIV infection (seroconversion) are similar to the flu or mononucleosis. Individuals may experience headache, aching muscles, fatigue and fever. Symptoms may also include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In some cases, a sore throat, mouth ulcers and a rash may also be present. In almost all acute infection phases, the lymph nodes will be swollen as a result of the body's immune response to the introduction of HIV.
The only reliable and definitive way to confirm HIV seroconversion is through a blood test. An HIV test may not give reliable results after exposure for up to six months, so it's important to retest within six months of exposure. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control recommends annual testing for individuals at high risk of HIV infection.
Treatment During Seroconversion
If HIV infection can be detected during the seroconversion phase, immediate and aggressive anti-retroviral therapy (ART) has been shown to be effective in significantly reducing viral loads, sometimes to undetectable levels. While ART therapy may be effective at all stages of HIV/AIDS disease progression, it is particularly effective during the seroconversion period, so an understanding and recognizing of symptoms of HIV seroconversion becomes even more critical....
Finger Pricked - HIV+, thebody.com "
My sister in law is HIV+ and she pricked her finger (blood drawn) on a sprig of holly in a holiday table decoration. A few minutes later (about 3) my 13 year old daughter went to remove the decoration from the table and accidentally pricked her..."
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Issues: Sex-HIV, AIDS, etc..
"Smith's Bible Dictionary says this about the word: Nurse,
In ancient times the position of the nurse, wherever one was maintained, was one of much honor sad importance. See (Genesis 24:59; 36;8; 2 Samuel 4:4; 2 Kings 11:2) The
same term is applied to a foster-father or mother, e.g. (Numbers 11:12; Ruth 4:16;
"The Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act of 1999 introduced the H-1C visa which allowed foreign nurses to temporarily work in the United States. The time period was limited to three years with no extensions. The U.S. Department of Labor classified registered nurses as a health professional occupation with significant shortages. The nurse shortage was not only affecting the United States but other countries as well. The shortage of nurses was said to be occurring on a worldwide scale and in the next decade this will become more apparent. To reduce the nurse shortage, hospitals throughout the U.S. have increased wages and limited work shifts to no longer than 12 hours among other improvements. While this has helped attract more individuals to the nurse profession, the shortage still continues. Many are concerned that some of the current nurses will be retiring in the near future and that the number of individuals seeking medical care continues to rise. Demand for nurses heavily outweighs the supply of registered nurses. .."
" Wanda Miller, director of the National Association of School Nurses, was not surprised by a USA Today examination that showed the national student-to-nurse ratio of 950 to one is well over the recommended federal ratio of 750 to one."...
U.S. News ' Best Nursing School offers online education
Nursing School IS "Doable"
"This is a video of the graduating class of Summer 2008!! We have all worked soooo hard to get to this point. We just want to encourage our brothers and sisters in this endeavor that you can succeed in nursing school. With Jesus ALL things are possible!!"
"Our church in Guanajuato blessed the elderly of the nursing home with warm winter scarfs for Christmas! Every Tuesday we minister the Word of God at this nursing home. Throughout the years over 30 elderly people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior including a woman of 102 years. WOW!"
"This 3rd video comprises my deepest thoughts about my full surrender to Heavenly Father through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ about my Nursing Board Examination June 2007 final passing report. God's will be done in Lord Jesus Christ name. Amen!"