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NYC teacher stabbed self during Epipen training gone awry: suit

A Manhattan elementary college trainer unwittingly stabbed herself with an epinephrine-loaded needle that she thought was a faux EpiPen throughout a coaching session with a nurse at her college, a brand new swimsuit alleges.

Rene Minnocci, who works at The Fairness Mission Constitution College in Inwood, says a metropolis well being division nurse got here in to coach lecturers Aug. 19, 2021 on easy methods to administer epinephrine to college students throughout emergencies, in accordance with her Manhattan Supreme Courtroom lawsuit from Monday.

The Division of Well being and Psychological Hygiene nurse handed Minnocci a “loaded Epipen”— as an alternative of the supposed faux coaching one — telling her to jab herself within the thigh, the swimsuit says.

The 29-year-old trainer did so, discovering she had used an precise needle and had punctured her leg, the swimsuit and her lawyer stated.

Minnocci did not realize she was handling a live needle, the suit alleges.
Trainer Rene Minnocci didn’t understand she was dealing with a stay needle, the swimsuit alleges.
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“She stated ‘Ouch,’” Minnocci’s lawyer Edward Lemmo advised The Publish.  “She felt throbbing in her leg and noticed a gap in her pants and [the throbbing] simply acquired worse because the day glided by.”

Lemmo defined that Minnocci needed to go to the Emergency Room that day and he or she would finally search assist from a neurologist due to numbness, tingling and ache in her leg that wouldn’t go away.

Now, Minnocci has to take a robust ache medicine and has issues standing and strolling after she was identified with a nerve harm, Lemmo stated.

Minnocci is suing the city, the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene and nurse Esther — whose last name is unknown.
Minnocci is suing town, the Dept. of Well being and Psychological Hygiene and nurse Esther — whose final title is unknown.
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Extra testing nonetheless needs to be achieved, Lemmo stated.

Minnocci is suing town, the Dept. of Well being and Psychological Hygiene and nurse Esther — whose final title is unknown, in accordance with the swimsuit.

Minnocci’s different lawyer Matthew Haicken advised The Publish she just isn’t alleging any wrongdoing towards her college.

"We want to make sure this doesn’t happen to other innocent teachers," her lawyer said.
“We need to make certain this doesn’t occur to different harmless lecturers,” her lawyer stated.
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“Our declare is that she wasn’t given correct coaching,” Lemmo stated. “She was negligently given a stay EpiPen with a needle, the place the opposite lecturers weren’t. This was a completely preventable accident.”

Haicken added, “We need to make certain this doesn’t occur to different harmless lecturers.”

A rep with the well being division stated, “We’re unable to remark due to ongoing litigation.”

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