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 ( ) 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.


Information from: Star Tribune,

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