An investigation is underway after 10 people in Oklahoma who thought they received flu shots instead of being injected with insulin and wounded in hospital.
It happened Wednesday at the Jacquelyn House, a group in Bartlesville. Eight of those treated were patients at the institution, while the other two were employees, WGCL TV reports.
Emergency crews were called in shortly after the injection. When they arrived, they found "multiple inappropriate people." Many patients have struggled with communicating with the first doctors, WGCL said, complicating rescue efforts.
"All these people are symptoms, they are lying on the ground, they need help, but they can't communicate what they need," Bartlesville Police Chief Tracy Roles said in an interview. "That's why I commend the fire department and EMS staff for their excellent work on problem identification."
The recording pharmacist was not employed by Jacquelyn House. CBS News says the pharmacist, who has 40 years of experience, has fully cooperated with investigators.
"I've never seen a medical accident up to this size," Roles told WGCL. "But again, it could have been a lot worse. Not to belittle where we are, but to think about where we might be, it could certainly be very, very tragic."