Hospital visitor tampered with patient's IV, caused cardiac arrest, officials say

Police and officials at Sandy Springs, Ga.-based Northside Hospital said a man checked into the hospital as a visitor and injected a syringe containing a pink liquid into a patient's IV line July 27, causing the patient to go into cardiac arrest, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Detectives later indicated the liquid was water, and the injection flushed the patient's IV line, a Sandy Springs police spokesperson said. Police did not say how the water became pink or why the victim was in the hospital.

After hospital staff resuscitated the victim, a 50-year-old man, he identified the suspect as his roommate, a hospital spokesperson told Channel 2 Action News

Police detained the man at the hospital and charged him with reckless conduct.

Hospital officials told Channel 2 they are investigating the incident.

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