Pa. report: patient received fatal insulin dose

Pictured: Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest (image from:

June 16, 2011 10:27:41 AM PDT
The Pennsylvania Department of Health says doctors using faulty blood sugar testing strips administered a fatal double dose of insulin to a patient at an Allentown hospital.

The report also says a nurse didn't tell doctors that bedside blood sugar testing strips differed significantly from lab tests of the patient's blood.

Doctors at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest ordered insulin to lower patient's blood sugar.

But the lab test indicated that the patient's blood sugar was already low after hours of receiving insulin, so the report said continuing to administer it was a critical error.

The patient died Jan. 6. The state report does not name the patient or hospital staff.

The hospital said it cannot comment on patient cases. The hospital also said the patient's family has hired a lawyer.


Information from: The Morning Call