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Nota bene hospitals say they've found 2 cases where labor was induced without permission

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Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

Last updated Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

At the hospital, New Brunswick, that fired the nurse on suspicion that she gave the drug to pregnant patients without induce work permits, he says that he believes have been affected in two patients.

CTV News has learned that about 120 emergency C-section is performed during the last two years, may be involved.

At a press conference on Saturday, the chief of staff of Moncton City Hospital Dr. Ken Gillespie confirmed that the hospital two cases of "inadequate" oxytocin use in its internal investigation were identified.

"Our research has identified at this point, these two patients and two patients at rest," said Gillespie, who also delivers the baby.

He added that both mothers and their children are doing well, and that both the family & # 39; and were informed about what had happened.

PSC confirmed CTV News, she began investigating after receiving a complaint on March 27 with the Horizon Health Network with the incident at the Moncton City Hospital.

Two weeks ago, an event which requires an emergency caesarean caused suspicion that the mother had been given oxytocin without a prescription. The second suspect incident occurred last Wednesday.

In each case, the nurse was seen on surveillance video removing the IV bags. When tested, they showed signs of puncture and oxytocin. The nurse was fired soon after.

This is alarming news for patients such as Lisa Basque, who had a Caesarean in hospital emergency nine in June last year after the heart rate of her child fell sharply. Her son, Cody, was born healthy, but she says that her experience sounds awfully familiar to those being investigated.

"Whether or not I, I am one of the victims, it's just terrible to think that someone deliberately put the child at risk, if it was my child or someone else's child," she told CTV News.

But without such a bag IV or video evidence, she and many other mothers can never know when they are also given the drug without their permission.

Gillespie says that while other cases of emergency cesarean section may seem related, the numbers are not with & # 39 hospitals are unusual for its size.

"When we look at our overall rate of cesarean section, it is comparable with other hospitals that make this kind of assistance, so we really did not notice an increase," he said.

Oxyotcin is a hormone produced in the hypothalamus – a small region of the brain responsible for the release of hormones and regulation of body temperature – which stimulates labor pains.

In addition, the drug is used regularly during pregnancy to cause or accelerate the work.

Dr. Jennifer Blake, chief executive officer of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, said that the drug should be given in a "very small and regulated doses" to avoid causing harm to the mother and child.

Sur & # 39; serious side effects include rupture of the uterus, a very slow heart rate, or retinal hemorrhage in the child.

Gillespie says that women who gave birth in the hospital, regardless of the length, it is recommended to use a phone line installed for the patients and their seven & # 39; families who want more information.

The representative of the Union of Nurses New Brunswick refused to respond to a request for comment from CTV News.

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