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Reports: Woman who died during Calif. nurses' strike was given feeding tube supplement in IV
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ' A cancer patient who died at a California hospital during a nurses' strike was reportedly given intravenously a nutritional supplement meant to be administered through a feeding tube.
The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/nYadgj) that a replacement nurse at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland mistakenly hooked the nutrient solution up to an IV for 66-year-old Judith Ming, instead of to the tube leading to Ming's stomach.
The newspaper quotes another nurse who was hired by an Alabama contractor to fill in while many of the hospital's regular nurses were locked out by management following a one-day strike on Thursday. The nurse spoke on condition of anonymity because of patient privacy laws
Hospital officials have acknowledged Ming died from a medical error but have not described what happened.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com