Sarah May Casareto tells patient to "man up" and steals pain meds before surgery

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Sarah May Casareto is accused of being the nurse from hell.
A former nurse anesthetist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital is accused of stealing her patient's medication just before surgery and taking it herself.

When a male patient came in to have kidney stones removed, rather than administer a powerful anesthetic that should have rendered the procedure painless, nurse Sarah May Casareto told him she couldn't give him the drugs.

"You're going to have to man up here," she told him, according to cops. Yeesh!

According to the police report, the patient arrived to the hospital to have his kidney stones surgically removed. Though he was told by his doctor that the procedure would be painless, once he was left in the care of Casareto, she said something that should have sent him running for the door.

"You're gonna have to man up here and take some of the pain," she said. "We can't give you a lot of medication. You're going straight into surgery."

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Sarah May Casareto
The overly trusting patient was then wheeled into surgery without being given the powerful pain med Fentanyl that had been prescribed to him.

Here's the horror movie part. As the surgery began, the doctor inserted a tube through an incision in the patient's back and down into his kidney. The patient -- who should have been completely knocked out -- told cops it felt like "very long needles going through my skin and down into my kidney."

As he screamed and almost lurched up off of the table, one of the technicians had to hold him down. Helpfully, Casareto leaned into his ear and said loudly, "Go to your beach . . . go to your happy place."

Around this time both the doctor and technicians realized that Casareto was already in her happy place. The doctor said at one point she wandered out of the room when she should've been tending to her screaming, writhing patient. Her eyes were red and she couldn't properly attach EKGs to the man. Periodically, she nodded off.

After the surgery was over, the technician noticed Casareto had two syringes with the labels peeled off in her pockets. Then she could not properly account for all of the Fentanyl she had signed out for the procedure.

When Casareto was called into her supervisor's office, they described her as rocking back and forth, and acting belligerent. They found four more empty, unmarked syringes in her pockets, which one of the technicians believed to once contain Fentanyl. They demanded she take a drug test.

"I will resign first before I take a drug test," said Casareto.

Her supervisor obliged her.

When police interviewed Casareto, she admitted that she has been addicted to pain meds in the past. She named Vicodin and Percocet. She was arrested on Tuesday and charged today with felony theft of a controlled substance.


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Copy Wii Games

I work at this hospital, and I know this woman well. She's been disciplined 9 different times in the past for this.

Darby111
Darby111

Let her have the operation.

Caroleannerandolph
Caroleannerandolph

This is the type of nurse that give the good ones a bad rep. The patient just like any patient should speak up when something is wrong. What happened to the double and triple checks by the other nurses in the room and the physician before beginning the procedure? Lots of failureas in procedure here and thus all failed the patient.

Horrified
Horrified

I hope this patient, and others like them, post a humungous lawsuit against Abbott Northwestern. Bastards! What the f*** is wrong with these people that they didn't stop the surgery IMMEDIATELY! Monsters! Every nurse and doctor involved in this should be suspended at BEST!

Midwestma
Midwestma

She is not the first nurse to do something like this, I was admitted for kidney stones in both my ureters the size of small marbles, I had to wait for surgery and prescribed a heavy narcotic , it didn't work, I called the nurse back, and she told me to stop acting like a big baby, said nurse stated " you've had babies before" what are you whining about"! I am not a very submissive person and called a supervisor to the room, and told them I've had nothing for pain before or since I've arrived, please do a blood test and you will see I am right , something is wrong here, either she *the nurse* or someone else has taken my medication!!!! Guess who was right??? Correct !!! Me! also two other patients on same floor had same complaints always the same nurse!! Oh, many apologies followed, however if you have ever suffered from a kidney stone no matter how small or large, they will knock you to your knees with unrelenting excruciating pain, I have no idea what was done with this nurse, however I can tell you as a patient you much be active in your care, and question everything, if the attending nurse is not up to par, then insist on talking to someone else higher up, it is your right as a patient, and also make your doctor aware of this, they too put their trust in these nurses. I feel so badly for this patient, shameful, absolutely shameful, and horrific. I hope they lock her behind up and toss out the key, or better yet, put her on the table for a laparoscopy and tell her to "woman" up, and give her a taste of her own medicine, oh... I'm bad, she had her own supply of medicine, guess that might not work after all, so... lock her up and let the prisoners have their fun with her. She gets no sympathy from me. I am certain many more patients are or have been in this same or similar positions. Enough said~

AKRNC
AKRNC

This anesthesiologist didn't become addicted overnight. There had to have been signs prior to this but unless it can be proven, very few people in the profession are willing to speak up due to either a possible false accusation or recriminations from other medical professionals for "outing" a fellow professional, thus the patients end up suffering. However, nurses that become addicted are often fired without a second thought and physicians always get at least one chance at rehabilitation before being censured by their co-workers. The patient's well-being always has to come first.

It appears there are details left out of the above story, did they proceed with the surgical procedure despite the patient's obvious & extremely painful condition, were they more concerned with possible legal problems than the patient's status and possible recriminations from prior patients who also suffered under the same anesthesiologist? This is most likely not the first time this has happened.

Stacey
Stacey

And assault as well I hope......

Midwestma
Midwestma

OM Goodness~ You hit the nail right on the head, even a Dentist will stop what he is doing during a root canal, if the patient so much as squinces at the slightest of pain, and he will add more xylocaine to numb the area, and give it time to work!... what in heavens name could these people have been thinking, nurse is wandering around incoherent, wobbling back and forth, I would have pulled by the hair into the outer room and had security called, sent her rear end to the lab and see what the heck she is taking, and by the way, some of her reactions / behaviour could have been many things medical including something like and impending stroke, low blood sugar etc... however besides all of that being hind site, when they did find all the empty syringes in her pockets? my question is, was she immediately detained, were the police called, was a blood sample taken, too many unanswered questions here, and like someone else said, there seems to be a huge void in information regarding this nurse... and shame on here for giving all the other very good and kind hearted nurses who are doing their best to be wonderful care givers, and now will be looked upon with nervousness by many patients from here on. How sad that is. My word to pass on is, To all the great and caring nurses my prayers go out to them in hopes this does not ruin their desire to continue being superb nurses. God Bless those who are out to do a good job, and righteous one at that, OK... off soap box for now.

DJAbraham
DJAbraham

if you know her and know of any other possible incidents of abuse you should definitely report them. she must be crazy 'cause the stupid broad hasn't had the common sense to take down her facebook page. i hope she wasn't using when she was pregnant with her baby born less than a year ago.

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