Vanderbilt University Medical Center under fire after nurse accidentally injected patient with drug used to kill death row convicts, says report

December 7, 2018

According to a published report, Vanderbilt University Medical Center was not clear with the medical examiner about a medication error, when a patient died after being injected with a paralyzing anesthetic, by accident. A recent federal investigation reported that the patient (unidentified) died in December 2017, after a nurse accidentally injected vecuronium, a powerful drug used also as part of the deadly three-drug cocktail in the execution of row convicts. According to the report, the drug apparently caused the patient to lose consciousness, suffer cardiac arrest and left brain dead. The patient died one day later.


But according to the published report here, not all of that information was given to the Medical Examiner of Davidson County. Part of the examiner's job is to investigate any unusual deaths in Nashville.


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