Student Nurse, Rejane Moreira Telles, 'Accidentally' Injects Patient With Coffee, Causing Death

nurse Rejane Moreira Telles injects coffee patient dies

It's a joke that's bantered around many U.S. workplaces: The need to have coffee delivered via IV -- or directly into one's veins -- to get the day started. But should anyone be stupid enough to try injecting coffee, they'd likely learn as did Rejane Moreira Telles that the results can be tragic and deadly.

Telles (shown above), a student nurse at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, was on the job for just three days when she says she mistakenly injected an elderly patient with coffee lightened with milk, according to a Brazilian TV program (via Medical Daily).

As the 23-year-old explained to TV Globo's Fantastico, "Anyone can get confused."

Telles said that the drips for feeding and blood were next to each other. "I injected the coffee, and I put it in the wrong place."

The 80-year-old female patient, Palmerina Pires Ribeiro, died hours later.

Doctors interviewed for the segment said that the milky coffee would have gone directly to the patient's heart and lungs.

"It would have been as if the patient was suffocating," said Dr. Armando Carreir, a nutritional specialist at the Federal University of Fluminens' Hospital Antonio Pedro.

Telles, who said she hadn't been trained on the procedure, now faces charges of involuntary manslaughter as does another student and two other nurses.

Ribeiro's daughter told the TV program that she witnessed Telles give her mother the injection.

"I saw my mother was agitated," Loreni Ribeiro said. "She opened her mouth, and this youngster put coffee with milk into the veins of my mother -- half a glass."





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November 09 2012 at 2:35 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
jackiechas47

Nothing like on the job training in a hospital! If you are quick you can bury your mistakes!

October 31 2012 at 6:01 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Susan

There is NO medication that is injected that I have EVER seen that looks like coffee with cream! The closest is lipids and that is pure white! Plus putting feedings into a Gtube is at the stomach, how in g-ds name would she attach a feeding tube to an IV line????
Addd to that she admitted she wasn't trained....THAT in itself is GUILT!

October 26 2012 at 8:46 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
robertstone1robert

It's the old Will Rogers' joke. I make a joke some of you might appreciate it and laugh. Congress makes a joke it becomes a law. She took the coffee joke seriouly.

October 25 2012 at 9:02 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
bmjack22

wow and to think america lets nurses from all over the world come over here to work because they can pay them cheaper. This is not a mistake that anyone could/ would or should have made this woman was just an uncaring idiot.

October 25 2012 at 8:11 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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polarbears217

I think its a mistake anyone could make if distracted enough...If a patient was on an enteral or parenteral feeding regimen as well through a line....I guess it could be mixed up, but I guess they should never be placed where they can be mixed up....
The idiot writing the articles and headline makes it sound as though someone purposely made up some coffee and just tried to inject it instead of a mistake with intravenous drip lines because nutrition is also delivered via feeding lines....

October 26 2012 at 1:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
skevwe

Where was her instructor? Student nurses should have them besides them whenever they give a patient anything. The student should also have the common sense to ask the instructor if this was right BEFORE giving something that is wrong or appears not right. This student nurse should be fired and prosecuted. And before anyone rips me out there, we've all made mistakes but coffee given IV, I don't think so!!! Nurses have the responsibility to question any order they think is potentially detrimental and even refuse to give something they know is wrong!

October 25 2012 at 7:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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