St. Peter employee cited for tricking patient

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An employee at the state security hospital in St. Peter has been cited for maltreatment after giving a patient a powerful drug and tricking the patient into thinking it was a milder medication.

An internal report by the state Department of Human Services says the patient was given a dose of the anti-psychotic Haldol last January but was misled into believing it was Ativan, an anti-anxiety drug. The patient had agreed to take a calming medication but objected to Haldol because it was too sedating.

The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1tub7Nq ) the worker was not fired, but was warned that a second substantiated case of maltreatment would trigger disqualification from work in the state Human Services system.

Deputy Human Services Commissioner Anne Barry says the security hospital should never trick patients.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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