STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Police are investigating allegations that a Pennsylvania nurse mistakenly gave a newborn pain medication meant for the baby’s mother last month.
Authorities said the baby’s father claimed a nurse in the maternity ward at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College in central Pennsylvania stopped by the day after the child was born to give a painkiller to the mother, who had a cesarean section, and to help her breastfeed.
Police said the nurse put the medicine in the wrong IV, the Centre Daily Times reported. Neither the mother nor the nurse was identified.
The infant, who has since recovered, immediately tensed up and was later treated at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, about 80 miles from State College, authorities said.
Court documents indicate the husband told police that the nurse left and did not return, and that she did not report the incident to her supervisor before leaving at the end of her shift.
Search warrants indicated police are considering endangerment charges against the nurse.
A Mount Nittany spokeswoman said the hospital is cooperating with the investigation and reviewing procedures to prevent similar errors in the future.