ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Cloud hospital is disputing a state Department of Health report that links the death of a patient to contaminated IV bags.
About two dozen patients contracted a bacterial infection from IV bags that were contaminated when a nurse replaced narcotic painkillers with salt water. The state investigation found six patients ended up in the intensive care unit and one patient died. Three others needed unexpected surgery.READ MORE: Kim Potter's Trial In Daunte Wright's Death Begins Wednesday: Here's How To Watch
St. Cloud Hospital spokesman Jeanine Nistler says the patient who died had tested positive for a bloodstream infection when admitted to the hospital and quickly deteriorated.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: System Setting Up Potential Snow Event Friday
State health investigators say it was “highly unlikely” the patient’s death was a coincidence.
The nurse, Blake Zenner, pleaded guilty to stealing the painkiller medication and has surrendered his nursing license. He’s awaiting sentencing.MORE NEWS: Undefeated Gophers Getting Along Just Fine Under Ben Johnson
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