Fake nurse enters Seattle hospital, cuts patients' IVs
Seattle police are investigating reports that a fake nurse tried to obtain narcotic pain medication from several patients' rooms at Swedish Medical Center.
According to Seattle police, the woman was in nurse's shoes and hospital scrubs.
Detective Jeff Kappel says hospital staff report that one patient saw the woman in his room manipulating a machine that allowed him to administer pain medication. The man's real nurse found that the line from his machine to his body had been cut and pain medication was dripping on the floor.
Kappel says the stranger also walked into another patient's room while relatives were present, acting as if she was checking another medication machine. When she left, a relative saw blood dripping on the floor and saw the machine's lines had been cut.
The detective says about two feet of tubing may have been taken and possibly some pain medication from the tubes.
Officers were notified April 17, but the incidents occurred April 13.
Swedish spokesman Ed Boyle tells The Seattle Times that clinical and security staff are investigating the incident, including the reporting delay. In a statement, the hospital says no patients were harmed. Police said they are reviewing surveillance photos, which are expected to be released later in the investigation.
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