Nurse charged in federal court with siphoning pain medication from patient IV bags

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Intravenous news: The St Cloud Times report “A Kimball man has been charged in federal court with siphoning pain medication from patient IV bags at St. Cloud Hospital and replacing the stolen medication with saline solution.

The allegations in the charge against Blake Daniel Zenner, 42, and the time frame in which they occurred, mirror events from March 2011 when the hospital accused an unnamed nurse of introducing bacterial infections into 23 patients while stealing pain medication from patients’ IV bags for personal use.

Zenner is charged with one count of fraudulently obtaining hydromorphone hydrochloride, commonly sold as Dilaudid, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

The complaint doesn’t name the facility where Zenner is accused of stealing the medication and doesn’t directly link him to the infections. But his attorney, Paul Engh, confirmed Wednesday that Zenner was the nurse who was accused of introducing the infections into several patients at St. Cloud Hospital by siphoning medication.”

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