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16 students in Indiana were hospitalized after accidentally being injected with insulin

Posted: 5:56 AM, Oct 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-01 09:43:30-04
16 students in Indiana were hospitalized after accidentally being injected with insulin

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Ind. — Multiple students were transported from an Indiana career center to a hospital Monday morning after they received the wrong shot.

The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township released a statement Monday afternoon saying the students were receiving a TB skin test from medical personnel from the Community Health Network when it was discovered that 16 of those students had been given insulin instead.

"As soon as the error was discovered, and working closely with Community Health Network, immediate action was taken to care for those students," the school district's statement read.

All 16 students were transported to the hospital.

The students are part of a health sciences program at the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology. They were required to get a TB test and a flu shot before on-site clinical experiences.

Read the full statement from the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township:

"This morning during an administration of a TB skin test at McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology by medical personnel from Community Health Network, it was discovered that 16 students had instead been administered a small dosage of insulin. As soon as the error was discovered, and working closely with Community Health Network, immediate action was taken to care for those students. As a precaution, all 16 students have/will be transported to area hospitals for observation. Students transported were accompanied by McKenzie staff and district personnel. All parents have been notified. We are working closely with Community Health Network to determine the cause of the error; and to evaluate processes as needed.

The MSD of Lawrence Township has a long-standing and strong partnership with Community Health Network. We have full confidence that the events of today are isolated in nature and will be addressed swiftly by the Community Health Network."

Read the full statement from Community Health Network:

"Community Health Network is committed to patient safety. We value our relationships and partnerships and consider it a privilege to partner with schools including MSD of Lawrence Township.

During an administration of a TB skin test at McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, it was discovered that 16 students had instead been administered a small dose of insulin. As soon as the error was discovered, and working closely with MSD of Lawrence Township, immediate action was taken to care for those students. As a precaution, students were transported to area hospitals for observation. Parents were notified.

We are working closely with MSD of Lawrence Township to determine the cause of the error and to evaluate processes. The safety of students in our care is a top priority."

This story was originally published by Katie Cox on WRTV.