The Checkup: Patient Dies After Accidental Coffee Injection

The nurse who administered the injection defended herself, saying, "Anyone can get confused."

• In the category of “oh my gosh, I can’t believe this happened,” a Brazilian nurse is in some deep trouble after a patient under her care died when she accidentally injected coffee into said patient’s veins. If you just said, “Wait, what?” you’re not alone. Because, really, how could a mix-up like that happen? Well, two things: the nurse was brand new (i.e. on day three of her job) and, everyone learned after the fact, she hadn’t been trained on administering that kind of procedure. What actually happened was she mixed up the feeding and blood tubes, injecting the coffee into the latter instead of the former. The 80-year-old patient died within a few hours. Read more about it here.

• Get ready to have your heart warmed, Internet: Here is a thoroughly wonderful story about a couple of window washers at a children’s hospital in Tennessee who recently dressed up as superheroes—two Spidermen and a Captain America, to be exact—to give the sick kids a smile. ABC News has the story.

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