- Posted April 15, 2014 by
Investigation Ensues on Unauthorized Injections Given to Students
A University of Fairbanks assistant professor has been put on paid leave after news reached administrators of injections given to 30 students in her classes of a solution not intended for human use.
During questioning, students told officials that Clinical Procedures Professor Sherry Wolf instructed them to repeatedly inject each other with a solution whose recommended use is for pads used in training exercises, UAF spokeswoman Marmian Grimes told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Students who were unsure of the practice called the manufacturer, who told them to immediately stop the injections, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Chancellor Brian Rogers said, “It should not have happened. I’m heartsick over it.”
Students who participated said they had burning sensations just after the injections, and some experienced skin irritations. The university continues to review the effects, and Rogers has said that no health problems have been attributed to the injections.
Professor Wolf did not return any emails or phone messages sent to her contact information at the university.
The university accepts full responsibility for the improper use of the solution on the students. The solution, called Demo-Dose, is a “0.9 Percent Sodium Chloride Injection.” The label of the solution’s container clearly states that it should not be used on humans or animals, and is intended only for injection pads or on training devices.
Classroom logs indicate an average of 10 injections were given to each student, but conclusive numbers were not available, said Michele Stalde, the college’s dean.
Wolf, who taught two sections of the class, will not have her contract renewed, which is due to expire at the end of this year.
The Allied Health Department is also now under review. Students complained about the injections to this department’s administrator on February 24, and were not escalated to the appropriate officials to be addressed in a timely manner.
The news only came to light after manufacturer Pocket Nurse sent a letter on March 6 to schools listed here concerning an alarming call received by one of the students.
The letter, sent by Pocket Nurse president Anthony Battaglia, instructed UAF to stop misuse of the product and to administer medical attention to all affected students.
"The students have reported other symptoms that we can't explain at this point," Rogers said.
The university is paying for the required medical testing for all affected students and expect to get results by the end of the week.