Surgery center nurse who switched syringes has license suspended — 7 insights

A Michigan nurse had her license suspended after she was found taking pain medicine syringes from a hospital she worked at and switching them with syringes from a surgery center she worked at.

What you should know:

1. Rana Holman, RN, had her license suspended Sept. 11.

2. She took prefilled syringes of ketorolac from Southfield, Mich.-based Surgeons Choice Medical Center and switched them for prefilled syringes of hydromorphone from Southfield-based Fountain View Surgery Center.

3. Ms. Holman began working at the surgery center April 4, as an agency nurse. On Aug. 8, facility staff noticed Ms. Holman was present at the center on her day off, with no surgeries scheduled.

4. That incident prompted center administration to review her facility access badge and then the facility's video log. On camera, Ms. Holman entered the the center's medication room on four days she was not scheduled to work. The center's camera system caught her placing a prefilled hydromorphone syringe in her purse on one occasion.

5. In each of the four instances, Ms. Holman was in and out of the center in three minutes or less, according to security footage. Center staff then inventoried its hydromorphone syringes and found 23 syringes that were tampered with. The syringes didn't match the center's lot number but did match the lot number of Surgeons Choice Medical Center.

6. Sixteen patients received medication from syringes the respondent had stolen from. Each patient complained of uncontrollable pain.

7. Ms. Holman then confessed her scheme to a coworker Aug. 9.

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