A registered nurse from Aurora, Colorado will have to answer for some serious acussations after being caught stealing powerful painkillers.
Kacye Unruh, a 30-year old RN working for the University of Colorado Hospital was apprehended by the Federal authorities, and now faces multiple charges including tampering with hospital products, making false declarations, and illegally obtaining potent substances.
According to the evidence gathered by the US Attorney’s Office in Denver, Kacye Unruh was working for the dialysis section. During her employment with the University of Colorado Hospital, Unruh allegedly stole hydromorphine and fentanyl, two substance cataloged as being potent painkillers.
In addition, after stealing the powerful painkillers, Unruh filled the vials with saline solution or with other substances as to abscond her foul play.
The misdeed has been discovered by the hospital’s staff when one or more individuals caught Unruh trying to glue back the caps on the containers.
Further investigations conducted by the hospital’s board led to other clues which suggested that this was not the first time the nurse tampered with the medical supplies in the dialysis section. As a result, the medical board decided to fire the abusive nurse and to take it up with the Federal authorities.
The Federal prosecutors have charged the former registered nurse with abusing more than 6 patient prescriptions. According to the Court’s documents, these transgressions have occurred between the 29th of June and the 12th of July.
On the 4th of August, the Board of Nurses from the state of Colorado has decided to suspend her nursing license.
Still, it would seem that the story doesn’t end here. During their investigations, the Federal authorities have discovered that this wasn’t the first nor the last irregularity committed by the former nurse. After interviewing Unruh’s husband, the authorities discovered that she was also fired from a hospital in Oklahoma after the staff caught her stealing powerful painkillers.
The recent indictment proves that the women lied to the authorities of Oklahoma about making away with fentanyl, and replacing it with Benadryl or water.
In order to ensure that the tampered drugs did not affect any patient, the University of Colorado Hospital has decided to screen no less than 50 patients for Hepatitis C and other transmissible diseases.
When asked by the local authorities about the nurse’s job application, the hospital’s board responded that Unruh’s record did not show any discrepancies and she even passed a formal background check.
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