Nurse Accused of Giving Fatal Overdoses to ‘Incredibly Vulnerable Patients’ in Her Care at Pennsylvania Facility

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Source: Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office; UNSPLASH

May 25 2023, Published 12:16 p.m. ET

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A Pennsylvania nurse is accused of administering unnecessary doses of medication that killed two patients and critically injured a third, officials said.

Heather Pressdee, 40, was arrested on May 24 at her home and faces two counts of homicide, three counts each of neglect of a care-dependent person and reckless endangerment as well as one count of aggravated assault, Attorney General of Pennsylvania Michelle Henry announced.

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WHP reported Pressdee, a registered nurse, is accused of giving three patients lethal amounts of insulin while in her care at the skilled nursing facility Quality Life Services in Chicora.

Two victims — men ages 55 and 83 — died from the insulin overdoses on Dec. 4 and Dec. 25. The surviving third patient is a 73-year-old man who Pressdee allegedly gave the insulin to on Aug. 31, 2022, the attorney general claimed, noting that of the three victims, only one was diabetic.


“The allegations in this case outline the callous abuse of incredibly vulnerable patients by a professional nurse,” Attorney General Henry said, WHP reported. “As the charges indicate, these were deliberate and intentional acts perpetrated by a care-giver who was trusted to care for these victims.”

Pressdee was being held without bail at Butler County Prison.


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