Nurse Sarah Casareto Not Likely to Be Rehired
Now that nurse Sarah Casareto has resigned from Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, she'll probably never work in the medical profession again. Of course, it doesn't help that she appears to have used most of the anesthesia intended for one of her patient having kidney stones removed, and told him that he was just going to have to "man up" during the operation.
According to a Minneapolis police report, the patient was told by a doctor that he would be feeling no pain, or much of anything else for that matter, because he was to receive 500 micrograms of fentanyl. But just prior to the operation, Casareto told the patient that he would indeed be suffering some, because they couldn't give him as much anesthesia as they'd intended.
She didn't tell him the she would be using 350 of his micrograms, leaving him only 150 for his very painful surgery.
While he was thrashing around and screaming in pain on the operating table, Casareto was slurring her words, being inattentive, and even, reportedly, falling asleep.
Afterwards, hospital employees found two empty and unauthorized syringes in Casareto's scrubs. When confronted, Casareto opted to resign rather than take a drug test. She has been charged with felony theft of a controlled substance. It's unknown whether or not the patient will bring a lawsuit against the hospital.
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