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Elderly lady killed by washing powder

An old people's home in Örebro has been accused of breaking health and safety regulations after a female resident died, apparently having consumed washing powder thinking it was sugar.

According to Wednesday’s Aftonbladet, Katarina Johansson’s 89-year-old mother Sonja managed to open a cupboard, which was meant to be locked, and mistook washing powder for sugar. Johansson and her husband have reported the incident to the local council demanding to know more about the surroundings of Sonja’s painful death.

Sonja’s death certificate states that she died of “chemical pneumonia due to internal damage to her lungs caused by washing powder”, said Aftonbladet. The case is in the hands of the Social Services.

Sylvia Norén at Social Services in Örebro saidi she believes something went wrong during the treatment of Sonja after her poisoning.

“We are going to investigate all measures taken by the hospital when treating Sonja before her death,” said Norén.

Katarina Johansson said she is mainly concerned about health and safety issues at the home where Sonja was staying.

“It’s very important for us to understand how anything like this could happen,” said Johansson. “Although we are not criticising members of staff and personnel who do work wonders in taking care of the elderly.”

All homes for elderly people in Örebro are implementing new measurements as a result of the accident.

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Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses

Police are investigating one case of murder and two attempted murders at a care home in the west of Sweden, after a doctor raised the alarm about suspicious insulin overdoses.

Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses
At least of the women did not normally receive insulin injections. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
“There is one man who died in connection to the events,” Stina Lundqvist, the prosecutor in the case, told the local Göteborgs Tidning newspaper.
 
“All of these three people who received a medication which they were not supposed to have, according to what they were prescribed,” she added in an interview with Swedish state radio broadcaster SR
 
“We are investigating the events as attempted murder,” she told Sweden's TT newswire, which reported that it could be a case of active euthanasia, which is illegal in Sweden, although the prosecutor did not comment.
 
The doctor reported his suspicions to the police after two women from the same section of the care home were admitted to the hospital, both suffering from extremely low blood sugar. 
 
“Through giving the plaintiff insulin, someone has caused her to lose consciousness and stop breathing,” a senior doctor at the hospital wrote in a police report.
 
The doctor added that the woman would not have been capable of administering the insulin herself. 
 
In January this year, a third resident from the same section of the same care home, was also admitted to the hospital suffering from low blood sugar. It was then that police put a prosecutor on the case. 
 
“It's unlikely to be a coincidence because it is all from the same section and is the same type of event,” Lundqvist told TT.
 
“But it's a slightly special case. We can't say with confidence that this is an attempted murder. That's something we hope the investigation will shed some light on.” 
 
“There are certain elements which suggest a crime has been committed, although exactly what evidence this is, I cannot go into at present.” 
 
 
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At least one of the women did not normally take insulin, and another was admitted with a type of insulin in her body different from that which she was prescribed. 
 
According to a report in a local newspaper, a police search of the home found two empty insulin pens containing fast-acting insulin which were not registered in the home's records. 
 
Lundqvist said it was a “complicated investigation”, as many of the staff who worked at the home at the time had already moved on. 
 
“We have no one at present we could reasonably call a suspect, but of course there are people we are looking closely at,” she said. “It's of course a natural part of our investigation to look at who has been working at the home when all the events took place.” 
 
The prosecutor in the case, Stina Lundqvist, says there is not yet a suspect. Photo: Adam Ihse/Exponera
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