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Nurse accused of using patient’s painkiller

Associated Press / February 11, 2011

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MINNEAPOLIS — A nurse who was supposed to sedate a patient before kidney stone surgery took most of the painkillers for herself and told the patient to “man up’’ — giving him such a small dose he was writhing in pain on the operating table, according to criminal charges.

Sarah May Casareto, 33, was charged with theft of a controlled substance, a felony.

During surgery, the patient told doctors he was experiencing severe pain.

Hospital staff told police Casareto was distracted, kept falling asleep, and was gesturing and talking loudly. One technician told police the patient was screaming; Casareto told him to “go to your beach . . . go to your happy place,’’ the complaint said.

Hospital officials found empty syringes in Casareto’s pocket. She refused a drug test and resigned.

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